“Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.

-Robert A. Heinlein

Parenting Tip:

It is tempting to remove obstacles and pave the way for our children to have an easy life. Maybe we think that we’re doing them a favor. Maybe we’re trying to make up for the difficulties we faced as a child. Or maybe, just maybe, if we’re honest, it’s because making their lives easier often makes ours easier as well.

But remember, easy doesn’t mean better. It takes grit and determination to succeed in this world and you don’t get those two things by sitting around and having your parents make your life a cakewalk for you. You get those two things by working hard and struggling. Give your kids the opportunity to achieve something on their own – through difficulties – and you’ll be giving them one of the greatest gifts that money can’t buy.
-Hal Runkel, Author of ScreamFree Parenting