What your kids really want

Happy Father’s Day everyone. I want to share a really powerful story my coach told me recently. I’ve been sharing it with my friends recently and it’s all hit them pretty hard, so I know it’s ready for you.

I want you to think about how much you want for your kids. You want them to be happy. You want them to be successful. You want them to avoid pain. You want to give them opportunities. You want to make sure they feel loved and you want to make sure they are safe.

You want a lot for them, don’t you?

Now, let’s consider what all that wanting for them means. It probably means you’re busy, you’re stressed and you’re anxious trying to do for them. You’re probably weighing mom guilt and feeling stretched thin trying to do for them.

But what do your kids really want? More than all you’re doing “for them?”

Your kids just want YOU to be happy.

Yes, they see you sad, distracted, anxious. They just want their mommy to be happy. They probably try so hard to do things to make you happy, don’t they?

Yes, your kids just want you to be happy. They just desperately want to see you happy, laughing and carefree more than anything else.

All of this toil we go through and the one thing they really want is for you to be happy. Then they can really be happy.

What’s more, then they have a model to follow. If they don’t learn from you how to be happy, they won’t know either.

So, I want you to stop and think about that today as we celebrate Fathers. (Sorry Dads) How can you as a parenting team model happiness but also give your kids the peace that they can only get from having parents that are happy.

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