As a parent, you want to raise kids who are “comfortable in their skin” and have the confidence to pursue extraordinary things for God.
I want that for my son and my 3 daughters!
I want to share a statement you can begin telling your kids today that can make a HUGE difference in their future confidence.
In his book Decision Points, George W. Bush said:
“As I got older, I came to see my parent’s love was unconditional. I know because I tested it. I had two car wrecks when I was fourteen, the legal driving age back then. My parents still loved me. I borrowed Dad’s car, carelessly charged in reverse, and tore the door off. I poured vodka in the fishbowl and killed my little sister Doro’s goldfish. At times I was surly, demanding, and brash. Despite it all, my parents loved me. Eventually their patient love affected me. When you know you have unconditional love, there is no point in rebellion and no need to fear failure.”
Personally, my parents have always given me unconditional love. My Mom often told me, “Mark there is never anything you could do that would keep me from loving you.” I believed her.
What was she doing? She was dripping unconditional love into my heart. That eventually turned into a solid foundation of confidence from which I continue to leap over and over again as an adult.
Now I repeat this same statement to my kids. Holding them, I quietly say, “You know you could never do anything . . .” They interrupt me and say, “I know Dad. I could never do anything to keep you from loving me.” Drip . . . drip . . . drip.
Each time you say it, the truth takes a deeper root in your heart and theirs. Drip . . . drip . . . drip.