As Long as Your Kids are Happy

I read an article on Huffington Post this morning that made me do some thinking. “What Kind Of Parents Were We?,” although a relatively short entry really made a strong impact on me–especially the author’s closing statement read, “I don’t care what you do, darling, as long as you’re happy…” (A statement which is directed to her kids.) As long as your kids are happy, that should make you happy as a parent (at least I believe that).

I believe that every parent has a dream for their children. The intensity of our resolution to have our children realize these aspirations may vary, but I certainly believe that we all have these dreams for our kids–something we want them to be. While it is not a bad thing to have these thoughts for the future of our kids, some of us get so caught up preparing and pushing our kids to these career plans that we forget about their happiness. Forget what you want for a second, as long as your kids are happy that is what matters.

I am not saying that it is wrong to set out a career pathway for our children. All I am saying is that as parents, we should always keep in mind that a wonderful career is not tantamount to happiness.