My Great-Grandfather raised nine kids. Reflecting back on his years of parenting, he said, “When you kids are little, they step on your toes. When they get big, they step on your heart.”
If you’re a parent, there will be times when your kids let you down, hurt your feelings or even break your heart. There were certainly plenty of times we let our parents down along the way too! How we deal with those disappointments is one of the most critical decisions and defining moments of parenthood. Our longterm relationships with our kids will be directly shaped by how we react in our moments of disappointment over our kids’ choices.