In Parenting Sometimes You Just Gotta Extend Your Reach
By Donovan Grant
Everyday there are opportunities to extend your reach. Perhaps many of them come and go without you even noticing them.
We are all born to grow beyond our wildest dreams.
Runners want to run faster. Jumpers want to jump higher and kids can’t wait to become adults and do all the things parents say you can’t.
It’s a natural thing that we all want to extend our reach.
In fact, what does extending your reach mean to you?
A new job? Healthier diet?
There are many areas in life that you may want to grow and sometimes the challenge can be too much. Take for example that your dream is to raise your family that you are totally proud of, where the children are respectful, independent confident individuals. As they grow from baby to toddler, then infant to junior all is going well. They are model children in your eyes and it feels as though parenting is the easiest job in the world. Then one day out of the blue something happens that changes all that. Your child has their first failure. That’s right. They’ve taken a test or an exam in sport or education and they don’t get the expected score. Their world is shattered. Your faith and belief in them is shaken and the only thing you can think is what do I do now?
Challenges like this happen in the lives of parents every day. Could it be nature’s way of telling you it’s time to get out of the comfort zone and extend your reach? Could it be a reminder that you need to take your parenting to the next level?
Growing through obstacles is as important to children as it is to parents. We owe to children to let them know that failing is not the end step. Failing is just a stepping stone towards their future succeess.
Family challenges are really family opportunities. They are moments that enable us to strengthen our love, clarify what is important and increase the deposits into our emotional bank account. It may even be fair to say, if you see a family with no challenges, then probably they have stopped growing!
Do you want a family you can be proud of? Then it’s time to reach out.
Do you want your kids to learn another meaning for failing? It’s time to reach up.
Do you deserve to become the best parent that you can be? Then you have to reach up beyond your current limits.
In life we are born to grow; as a child, as an adult and as a parent. And by living a well rounded life this will dictate the type of richness you and your family will enjoy in this life.
So how can you extend your reach? Well everyone has a current set of beliefs and thought processes. We all have things that we currently think are true and accurate. But when we pause for a while and really look into, probe and evaluate we start to see opportunities that have always existed that we can take advantage of. This only happens because you were willing to extend your reach.
I truly believe that it’s when we learn the lessons that extending our comfort zone teaches us that we become richer in life beyond our wildest dreams!
Let’s commit to deliberately creating a richer life. Let’s extend our reach!
What do you think? Do you extend your reach often? Do you find it too uncomfortable to extend your reach? Please share a comment in the box below, we love to hear from you.
Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations. He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play. www.donovangrant.com