I’m stuck on fast forward. The ah-hahs keep flooding in. Lightbulbs flashing, as I continue to learn more and more about myself. It’s hard work, not for the faint of heart.

Think you’re immune? Shortcomings. We all have them. Handed down from our parents to us. And from their parents to them. And so on.

We only have to be willing to take a closer look inside ourselves. It’s not easy, but it’s the most important work we can do for our kids.

If I could have one wish. I would go back in time with all the things I know now and be more of the parent she needed me to be. But I can’t blame myself for not knowing. I can only be willing to let go of everything I thought I knew about parenting and learn to be there for her in a new and more meaningful way.

The thing is our kids don’t need us to fix them. That’s not our job. They need us to look within and fix ourselves. When we do this, and only then, we finally learn to get out of their way so they can choose life and learn to fly.