One of my favorite movie scenes is in “Hook,” the 1991 Peter Pan adaptation. Robin Williams plays a grown Peter who is now a stressed-out workaholic lawyer that has long since forgotten about the carefree fun of his childhood. This is until his lifetime nemesis, Captain Hook, kidnaps his children as he is forced to return to Neverland to rescue them. When he arrives there, he realizes that the only thing that has changed is him. His friends are still young and happy, and no one recognizes him, until a young boy curiously approaches him. It’s one of his old friends. Peter kneels down to the boy’s level and they look into each others eyes. There is silence as the boy takes Peter’s glasses off. He grabs his cheeks and squeezes the skin on his face, all the while staring at him. He intently examines his teeth and nose. Finally, a huge smile overtakes him and he exclaims, “Oh, there you are Peter!”Continue reading Seeing the Best in Our Kids: There you are Peter!
“Many of us prepare the road for our kids; what we should be doing is preparing our kids for the road.” This quote was courtesy of Ray Johnston, Pastor of Bayside Church in Roseville, CA.
There seems to be quite a tension for us parents when it comes to protecting our kids and letting them experience failure. The truth is that many of us hurt deeply when our children fall on their face, literally or figuratively. However, the other side of this coin is the simple fact that life will not be easy for our kids, just as it has not been easy for us. One day, we will not be there for them and they will need to be ready to succeed, fail and face challenges.
“Many of us prepare the road for our kids; what we should be doing is preparing our kids for the road.” ~Ray Johnston