Sunday, July 19, 2015

Growing Stronger


In this world that always seems to go from one extreme to the other, parenting is no different. I feel as though every day I see a new article about helicopter parents, followed by one about neglect. It would be so easy for me to be a helicopter parent. In many ways, I am very protective, as I believe, every parent should be. But as the years have passed, I have also grown to appreciate how important it is to let kids spread their wings, enjoy adventures, and maybe even fall, and get hurt a little. The perfect balance seems to be finding or creating scenarios where you can let your child go to explore the outer world, and their inner strength. Our friends have a beautiful home on Echo Lake. They are so generous with their time, their home, and their lake "toys".  The kids are set free to try new skills and push their past limits. It's no surprise that while his sisters and little brother are piled on paddle boats and rafts with a dozen other kids, Caleb is more likely to be found paddling by himself in his favorite yellow kayak. Sometimes he's racing through the water. Sometimes he's just floating and contemplating life and nature. That's our Caleb. And I'm so thankful for these opportunities to let him grow stronger within a setting where I know he's safe.

To learn more about Echo Lake, RI, visit here: Echo Lake.

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