Our passions lead us astray. Our emotions get involved in the wrong sort of way... I had to learn that day that my desires and wants needed to be tamed. I saw how embarrassing it was for my daughter to see her mother in a very out of control way.
The last thing I want is in 20 years, when we are sitting around a dinner table talking about when they were younger, for them to say, “I always felt like I was competing for your attention with your phone.” Ouch!
This idea of inner balance and attaining inner peace is not a modern concept. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, discussed the idea of temperance or moderation in his theory of “The Golden Mean.”
Temperance is hard character strength to manage because it’s likely the one that we as parents struggle with the most ourselves, whether it’s buying too much stuff, eating too much or buying too many toys for our kids.
One of the most common themes in our culture right now is the need to be right...We must ask ourselves: is winning arguments the key to our happiness?
I was expected to lead—to show composure in the face of danger and stress as well as have all the answers for those looking to me for guidance. Little did I know how well being a Surface Warfare Officer would prepare me for parenting...