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“The most beautiful sight in the world

is a little child going confidently down the road of life

after you have shown him the way.” 

-Confucius

Today I had some time to do one of my favorite things: linger at Barnes & Noble with no specific purpose.  Time to sip dark coffee, peruse book shelves and flip through magazines!   I purchased a book on Encaustic Art but I spent the bulk of my time digging through the parenting section looking for the holy grail on parenting teens.  How can we be the best parents to these teens?  Are we doing enough?  Too much?

My mind is currently swirling with upcoming changes at our house, complex schedules, the transition of allowing the girls to make some decisions independent from me!  Do I provide too much advice (probably)?  How can I heal their hurt hearts when painful situations arise?  How can I be supportive while teaching them to problem solve on their own?  I am in a downward spiral of second guessing my approach and style.  In my heart, I know the answers are probably not neatly tucked in the pages of books; but the research can’t hurt!  One little quote I read on a book jacket (sorry I can’t recall the source) had simple advice:

Parenting: be the adults that we want our children to grow up to be.

Ok, I can wrap my brain around that philosophy.  And, I absolutely love this Picasso quote!

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe,

a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children?

We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them:

Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique.

In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you.

Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.

You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.

And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.”
– Pablo Picasso

I also had time to use this Goodwill find (it still has its Pottery Barn sticker on the back!) to honor a beloved letterpress card from Wildhorse Press

 

I love the design and I love the sentiment.  Something Beautiful also just happens to a favorite NeedtoBreathe song.