Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dear children...

Before your future selves start grumbling some day down the road because you think I didn't put you in enough sports and extracurricular activities, please know that I weighed the pros and cons of endless lessons and outside activities carefully. And prayerfully.

You may not grow up to be child-prodigies at any one particular thing like that Tiger Mother's kids are and I know some of you may resent that. But your Dad and I have decided we would rather have our kids be well-rounded and exposed to many things rather than pushing and pushing to push a square peg into a round hole of one particular interest. I hope you will remember that we spend most of our afternoons and evenings running you from here to there, helping to push you in ways we feel will help you grow. We have decided that is the path we want to take rather than pouring all our efforts one thing for each of you.

I know some of you may grow up just wishing with all your heart you were an expert at one particular thing. But what I know is that you will become an expert in what your heart leads you to. We just hope to be able to expose you enough to help you make the right decisions for yourself in the future.

As your parents we want to provide the soil with the perfect amount of fertilizer to help you reach your full potential.

You may never be in the olympics or play a musical instrument at Carnegie Hall (although we would of course be very proud of you if you did), but what we hoping most for is that you will become an "expert" at being kind to those around you as you maneuver your way through life and find your ultimate desires and passions yourself.

I know that if we can give you the right tools and the right exposure to enough different things you will find your way to your own version of "prodigy" some day. And we will support you every step of the way.

I love you with all my heart.

Love, Your Mother
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