My partner Erik and I, along with one of our very first artists from The Draw Shop, were at the big Inbound / HubSpot conference in historic Boston. The beginning of fall in New England is like heaven.
I was lost in the dream of sweaters, boots, cobblestone, clams and crisp air filling my lungs.
And then I came back home to sticky heat and the leftovers of a much-needed downpour. The kind that turned small planes over.
But, this post isn’t about New England or weather. This post is about coming home, having adventures with all of the kids and what it made me think.
Without telling the whole story, I’ll tell you what has me thinking.
There have been times as parents, where we’ve questioned what we discipline and what we let fly for the sake of self-expression, character, lessons and the fear of stifling something magnificent.
But, this leaves me to wonder… where does one draw the line between what we let our children get away with doing, seeing, hearing, and participating in for the fear of stifling them or the fear of them growing up too fast.
Is innocence and purity still precious?
There’s an interesting blend of parents in our co-parenting relationship of this blended family. Some more conservative than the others. Some super chill, anything goes.
As if it ever was, it’s not easy being a parent today.
I don’t want to be one who stifles something magnificent, but at the same time, we are the ones responsible for guiding and protecting – at least until they are adults.
We have to evolve with the times and today, there has to be great caution. Kids are growing up fast. They are being forced to be emotionally ready for things, my generation didn’t even think about until years later. Things are happening in schools at a much younger age and honestly it freaks the crap out of me!
The good news is I’m not naïve to it.
The bad news is, some parents are and it’s setting them up for bad situations that can easily be avoided.
I’m all about the open conversations. Knowledge is important today. But, is experience of this knowledge necessary yet?
Today has me thinking – what boundaries do we have in place with our kids? When is it cute? When is it scary? And what are we setting them up for?