This article appeared originally on the website teentruthlive.com and was written by IHC founder Anne Parpas.
Parenting is a great responsibility, but in no way does that mean we will be perfect at it. We will make mistakes. It’s just part of being human. Admitting our mistakes is a vital part of the learning process. Saying, “I’m sorry”, and explaining what we did wrong and how we could have handled it differently will teach our children what true humility is and how to rise up to the challenges of conflict.
The relationships we develop with our sons and daughters are critical. The examples we set forth will leave an imprint in their minds of how to treat one another, how to lead with integrity, and how to develop meaningful relationships with others. Embracing our moral commitment by stepping up, getting involved, and setting positive examples will not only have an amazing affect on our children, but will produce outcomes that are more life-enhancing and life-fulfilling for ourselves and our community as a whole.
- Featured Contributor Anne Parpas is the founder of IHC of West Michigan, and has extensive experience in community-wide education and prevention of bullying, dating abuse and domestic violence. Anne is a registered nurse with over 13 years experience in acute care and education. She is a survivor of domestic violence and a relationship violence consultant for numerous schools, churches, corporations and other organizations in the West Michigan Area.