Children do not need us to solve all of their problems or over-protect them in times of difficulty. They need us in the background – being watchful, supportive and encouraging. They need to feel that they are allowed to be curious and daring – to feel that we will not catch them at every fall but catch them when the fall is too great.
Being a good parent does not mean encouraging our children to be something. it is encouraging them to do something – and to cheer them on when difficulties arise.