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Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.Kahil Gibran, The Prophet (London: Pan Books) 1991, p. 22.
You are wonderfully privileged. The soul of your child has chosen you as its steward: to help it to learn how to master being in a material world and fully express its soul’s purpose. Your stewardship begins the moment your child is conceived; it continues until your child is ready to take responsibility for its life as a viable independent individual in its cultural framework of existence. When this time arrives, you must let go:
You must give them your love but not your thoughts, for they will have their own thoughts. … You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. Kahil Gibran, The Prophet (London: Pan Books) 1991, p. 22 and 25.
You may have much to teach your child, but never forget, for a moment, that your child may have much to teach you. Just like you, your child is a soul. You are equal in this regard. You are both individuated aspects of the Universal Energy Field from which everything in our material world arises.
You share the same soul origins and you share the same universal values, but you do not share the same gifts and talents. In this regard, every soul is unique. Every soul has its own gifts and talents—a unique form of self-expression. Your job is to nurture and support your child’s self-expression, just as it was your parent’s job to nurture and support your self-expression.
That is your primary role as a parent—to give your child’s soul the opportunity to express its unique character: not to fashion it; not to mould it or make it into a replica of you, but to give it the space to grow and flourish in a fear free environment so your child may become all it can become.
Always treat your child as an equal. You may bring your experience and learning to the relationship but allow your child to make its own choices: allow it learn the repercussions and responsibilities involved in decision-making. If you can do this, you will be setting your child up to make responsible choices later in life: you will be teaching your child to be a responsible and accountable adult. Your job is to assure your offspring’s survival, safety and security during its infant, childhood and teenage years, so that it grows up without a self-critical voice and without subconscious fears.
Once your child has left home your job as a parent is not finished. You must become at trusted advisor—someone your son or daughter can turn to when they encounter the vicissitudes of life. The soul of your child has its own destiny: you must allow and support it in its unfolding.
In this regard it is important that you are aware of and practiced in the seven stages of psychological development—the journey the soul goes through in its attempt to find fulfilment in our three-dimensional material plane of awareness.