Ive always said (to Ren Man, to friends, to *anyone* who would listen) all that matters to me is the kind of person the Tornado grows up to be.
I dont care how much money she makes.
I dont care what profession she chooses.
I dont care if she gets married or has children or any of the’ traditional’ stuffs.
I care she learns and truly grasps the notion life is as simple as do unto others.
I care she learns & hones the ability to put herself in the place of the other and employ empathy.
It was only after I became a mother I learned in order to teach these concepts to her I needed to *stop* & view the world through her eyes first.
Im taking about this over at the FILA blog today.
Ive taught Sunday School.
Ive taught swimming.
Ive been a trainer.
I am a mother.
The one thing all my ‘teaching’ endeavors have in common is the fact none of them “clicked” or fell into place until I *stopped* and considered how each of my students (or the Tornado) viewed his or her world.
It’s amazing what you learn & discover when you make the effort to view your surroundings through the eyes of another.
Friend, co-worker, boss, family member, acquaintance or child.