I’ve been reading “Only A Breath Away” by Julianna Desmond, and each chapter of the book is prefaced by a meaningful quote. I love it when an author does that. It sets the stage and moreover, it sets my expectations of what is to come. Below is a quote from one of Desmond’s chapters that resonates with me. I raised my children with encouragement to explore and embrace the things they are passionate about. When I see my children providing that same encouragement to my grandchildren, it warms my heart. Too often, as a parent, we are all about correcting our children. That’s part of our role, so our children grow up with good manners and ethics and having a good filter for what can be harmful to them. However, many parents correct exceptionally more than they encourage. If we focus more on correction and criticism, we slowly snuff out the light of excitement and wonder within the child and negatively impact their level of confidence. By embracing the concept below, we enable our children to be the best they can be in this life.

Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation and the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities. -Gary Smalley