Fearless parenting means seeing that the world is a good place and being able to unequivocally transmit this to our children. Things may happen in life, things may happen in parenting, and yet things work out. Life moves and the Creator is in the eddies and tidepools of the Cosmos.
If you think you are a fearless parent yet constantly have a barrage of how things “have” to be, if you think your child needs a perfect childhood with no stress in order to achieve being an optimal adult, if things are so carefully orchestrated and everything has to be just so, then I would still say you are parenting out of fear and not being fearless.
Being fearless in parenting does not mean that we don’t protect our children, or that we throw our small children out to the wolves. No We do our best.. But this does mean that we establish communities of trust, that we trust and have an inherent sense that new experiences for our children will be good. We also trust that our children will do the right thing as they grow into independence. We are there to help, to encourage, to support, that we guide, but we cannot walk this journey for our children. They have come here with their own gifts, their own talents from God, and He has a plan for their lives in His infinite wisdom that shall be good.
This sense of goodness is based upon reverence. Reverence is well-established not only through a religious life, but through the way we play out our own feelings of gratitude and our own feelings of awe and wonder at the world. Continue reading