Trust is defined as “the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.” Indeed. But what the definition doesn’t tell us is that trust is a fickle fellow that’s hard to earn and even harder to maintain.
As parents, we understand the importance of trust within the parent-child relationship, but if you’ve ever wondered how to set your child on the path to greatness as a result of your trust, the answer is simple. You give it to them.
Listen, I know your kids are good at making mistakes because mine are too. I also know that your kids have let you down before because mine have too. But despite these inevitable growing pains, when kids are given the opportunity to rise to the occasion with a measure of trust beyond what they’ve earned, they rarely disappoint.
Your valuable trust shows your growing child that you not only recognize their budding independence, you think enough of their developing character to offer it.
Is it scary? You bet. Will they let you down? Sure, but with every misstep they become better at caring for something as precious as your trust.
My journey of trust with Boy Wonder has been a complicated one that continues to wind down a very uncertain road, but we’re getting there while slowly learning what it means to give, receive, and foster mutual trust. No one said it was going to be easy, but nothing worthwhile ever is.