It’s easy to understand the appeal of gardening. Whether you grow your own vegetables or simply plant a flower or two, it is rewarding to place a seed or shoot into well-nourished soil and watch patiently as it grows and flourishes.
When I enjoy time in my garden, I am reminded of one of my favorite metaphors — that families do best when parents assume the role of gardener. Children come into this world equipped with everything they need. Our role as parents is to provide the right conditions for them to thrive, much like the gardener who enriches the soil and provides plants with water and sunshine.
In my new video, I explain why it is beneficial to approach parenting as a gardener. I also discuss the importance of avoiding the pitfalls that occur when we assume the role of architect — attempting to shape our children to our designs.
I invite you to make parenting easier by shifting your mindset and your parenting metaphor. As you get your hands dirty in your garden, remember that as a parent, you are a gardener.