Thank you, son. That was the moment when the student was teaching the teacher. I guess I did a good job in raising him. But I was afraid I was going to be late for work. I needed to eat and shower and get the heck out of there! I was losing it. Having my son see me so frazzled and act like a jerk to others was, well, human. I was not nice, I was self-important, and my ego was very strong that day. I messed up.
When kids see us grown ups make mistakes, freak out, or be an asshole, it reminds them that they are not alone in their challenges and struggles in this world. It is especially important to teenagers, as they have the transition from kid to adult, and all of the hormonal and body changes as well. I say to all of my tribe out there, do not hide from being who you truly are, even if it is not the best example of perfection all of the time. It is a bonding moment for you and the next generation. When kids see us mess up, they can comfort us, give us advice, love us into a better existence. We never know where learning and compassion may come from. It is a gift that assists in out spiritual growth.
What have you learned from your kids or the kids in your life? When did you let them see you eat humble pie? I want to hear from you!
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