Sharpening Iron

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Years ago a shift happened, but I didn't notice it then.

At some point my parents stopped asking me leading questions to which they had an answer and started feeding me conundrums without conclusions. I didn't notice because discussion was a common element of our household. But yesterday, hanging out with my mom, I suddenly realized that we've recently had several discussions where she really wanted my input.

Growing up continues to provide interesting experiences.

As you discuss things with your kids, have you noticed this shift? If you have older children, was it a conscious change for you?

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Empty Nester

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  1. I haven't made the shift with my own children yet, but I definitely can look back and see how it happened with my parents. I was only vaguely aware of it at the time. Actually, at the time I thought they knew the answers but just never told me because they wanted me to learn to form my own conclusions and hold my own convictions. All I know is that I am very regularly thankful that they pushed me that way!

  2. Thanks, Ann. I was surprised at how oblivious I was to the change happening in my life. Very interesting. And, I agree, I'm thankful my parents pushed me that way too <smile>.

    ~Luke