Good morning friends! It’s Lighten Up Monday! Have you ever experienced the “thrill” of children doing combat in the back seat while you try to navigate traffic? At the end of this video is a solution you might want to try.
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A Parenting Principle that Works in Every Relationship You May Have
Nothing harms relationships more than trying to perpetuate the perception of perfection.
That is my quote. It demonstrates why it’s so healthy— and necessary— for us to maintain a sense of humor about ourselves, and even to laugh at ourselves now and then.
This “perfection” principle is proven in every facet of life. Yet parenthood provides some of the most compelling evidence of it’s truth.
Parents who pretend to be perfect detonate explosions that can alienate, sabotage communication, and inflict casualties of conflict and guilt not only in their children but in themselves.
In the early days of my ministry I conducted seminars on parent-teen relationships across the country. As a part of the seminars we surveyed several hundred teenagers. One of the questions in the survey was this: “What words do you most want to hear from your parents?” Of course, “I love you” was the overwhelming first choice. It was their second choice that caught me by surprise!
Happy Lighten up Monday! This is a fun and true story about being invited to one of my first corporate speaking events.
I told this story at our SCORRE™ Conference as a set up to a key question every speaker must ask. “Will the content of my talk meet the needs of my audience?” I certainly learned one of the things that met the needs of my wife Diane.
This morning I was reminded of how much I love being around real people who are willing to acknowledge imperfection and work toward excellence. Nothing destroys relationships, or impedes growth more than pretending to be perfect. As you will see in this clip, it also makes you look funny!