Are you crazy about your child

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By Melissa Ford

Coach - Personal & Business

Urie Bronfenbrenner, co-founder of the national Head Start program and pre-eminent scholar in developmental psychology and child-rearing said it best, “Every child needs someone who is crazy about them.” When I first heard this quote, I was stunned because it captured my own powerful discovery about parenting: “Loving my child is easy, but being ‘crazy about him/her’ requires commitment, intention, energy. When I parent from this attitudinal place - my parent/child relationship takes on a richness and depth above and beyond what I experience when I’m merely loving my child. 

Being crazy about your child is: 

  • Feeling extreme enthusiasm towards your son or daughter
  • Believing in your kid and his/her abilities
  • Celebrating your child’s efforts and good intentions
  • Wanting the best for him/her
  • Cheering your child on during good and bad times
  • Dreaming big for your child and encouraging him/her to do the same
  • Listening and keeping your mouth shut
  • Letting your child be your teacher
  • Asking his/her opinion
  • Appreciating the little things
  • Reminding your child how much better your life is because s/he is in it 

It’s a day-to-day intention - this craziness - but once you go there, practicing and sustaining this internal stance - you’ll notice how parenting is no longer just parenting - it’s an honor and sheer pleasure.    

Being crazy about your child - what positive meaning does this hold for you? Together, let’s grow this list.   


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