Step back in time with me for a minute to the Great Wolf Lodge circa 2010. My daughter was three at the time and standing at the top of a water slide frozen with fear, her brother having already launched himself down gleefully.
Sometimes as children, and even as adults, we just can't get past our fear.
What did I do?
I calmly climbed to the top, gave her a kiss on her forehead and lovingly sent her down the slide.
Don't get me wrong, I was anxious about my decision as I ran down the stairs to catch her at the bottom. But, I knew the truth: Most of the time, our fear keeps us small.
Fortunately, when she got to the bottom of the slide she had a big grin on her face and she spent the rest of the day on the water slides.
But, it did not always go so well. My rule on amusement parks is you have to try something new each time. Once, my daughter tried a ride that she hated and lovingly blames me to this day. That is okay.
My job as a parent is to challenge my children to stretch themselves so they can grow. As we all know from the gym, stretching can sometimes hurt but the result is a stronger and more capable body.
This week, I have a list of 6 Must Dos that your teen probably does not want to do because they are a little intimidating. But conquering these "scary" things with your guidance will help her build adulting muscles like self-confidence, grit and independence. Take a look and don't be afraid to push sometimes. 😉
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