Friday, July 29, 2016

Presidential Parenting

Helpful, Not Hurtful, Leadership

There is little room for complacency in raising a child just as in running a country.

Complacent: marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.

All types of babies are born into our world—this is a green heron—thanks, Joe!

Just as a president is the leader of a nation helping to guide its citizens, parents are the most important role models to their children helping to raise them up, hopefully, into caring citizens of the world. But, often the leadership is uninformed—the caregiver shortsighted. This can be more hurtful than helpful. As citizens of a country, just as parents of a newly born baby, we should make every effort to become better informed as we move forward into the future. I sure hope to. 

Attributes coveted in a president of a country are similar to qualities desirable in a parent.    

  • Kindness
  • Decency
  • Character
  • Never taking the easy way out
  • Steady, measured, and well-informed decisions
  • Desperately wanting to keep their children safe and sound
  • Believing in freedom of expression and action
  • Holding strength in love, humility, and service
  • Not violating moral and ethical principals
  •  Empathizing—listening—putting ourselves in others shoes

"As our children prepare to set out into the world, we want a leader who is worthy of our promise—who will be guided everyday by the love, hope, and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children."   

Michelle Obama

Here is Michelle Obama's 15 minute speech which helped to inspire this post. Many thanks to Michelle Obama's inspiration as a First lady and a mother—many of the words and phrases in this post are taken from her speech.

Duties of a parent are analogous to that of a nation’s president

  • Urge their children to ignore those who use hateful language
  • Teach their children that everyone here on earth matters—that we are all created equal
  • Trust the caretakers they choose to lead their children
  • Display that when crisis hits—we don’t turn away from each other—we lean on each other
  • Show their children what devotion and civility look like
  • Understand that we cannot sit back and hope that everything will turn out for the best
  • Understand that we cannot afford to be tired, frustrated or cynical
  • Speak not with boasting and belligerence, but with a quiet vigor—a nobility of ideas
  • Govern the home not by confusion and crisis, but with poise, imagination, and common sense
  • Encourage children to not back down from any challenge—to stand up to bullies

My good friend, Ruby, exploring...

 “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”   

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Let’s build a better tomorrow for our children, for our country, and for our world—one hug, one laugh, one awe-filled moment at a time!

Papa Green Bean


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