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Sometimes the Cheese Stands Alone, and We’re the Cheese | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Sometimes the Cheese Stands Alone, and We’re the Cheese

With a half-empty nest, I’m seeing the fruits of parenting decisions we have made – what worked, what didn’t, and what would I do over again differently? Then….how can I share what I learned with other parents?

One vital lesson I never realized is: can your kids stand alone?

  • Do they have that inner drive where if no one else is doing the right thing, they can walk out the door and do the right thing on their own, alone?
  • Conversely, do they have the inner strength where if they are in a room full of people making the wrong choices, they can remove themselves from the situation and report it if necessary?

Many times, I hear kids tell their parents they don’t want to do something that would be good because their friends aren’t doing it, or they don’t know anyone else who will participate.

My strong advice to parents:

Somehow, somewhere, force your child to be the cheese who stands alone.

We build our physical strength with regular exercise. We build our mental strength with academic drills and school projects.

It’s just as important to build the character strength to be willing to go it alone if needed.

At some point, you may have a child who is living in a college dorm or first apartment. Give them the practice they need so they will have what it takes to make the right choice.

Even if it means they stand alone.


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