The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is in every headline around the world these days. Articles, news reports and tributes are all focused on his amazing contributions to our lives through his innovative approach to technology.
Many are saying Mr. Jobs will be placed in the top 10 most influential people of our time.
Aside from his enormous success through bringing unheard of change to the world of communication there is another valuable contribution he made to us as a society…especially to parents
Imagine for a moment if Steve Jobs' parents had forbid him his passion to be creative and innovative. What if he had been forced
to follow a different path? What if he hadn’t been raised with self-confidence and encouraged to be “who he was”? Think about how different your life and mine would be right now had he not been one to recognize and follow his dream.
We are all born with greatness inside us. We may not all be destined to be a “Steve Jobs” but our unique gifts and talents are none the less important and should be treated as such.
It is our right as human beings to pursue what brings us happiness and joy. Mr. Jobs didn’t live a very long life in terms of years but he lived a fulfilling life.
During his time here on earth he did exactly what he was designed to do and one can’t ask for more than that.
Parents must be keenly alert to and encouraging
of the dreams and passions of their children. Pay attention to what they are drawn to. Provide as many opportunities as possible to explore. When they show interest in something encourage further investigation either through the internet, books or even first-hand experience when possible.
A healthy parenting mindset
is always conscious of the bigger picture because that is where our greatness is cultivated. Pay less attention to the orderly condition of their bedrooms and more attention to the curiousness of their minds. Be flexible with expectations and be open to exploration. And above all be ever so mindful to never be guilty of blocking the blessings your child was given.
Who knows, you may just be raising the next Steve Jobs!
Denny Hagel is a child advocate and parenting coach, devoting over 25 years to the success and well being of all children. She is the published author of over 60 articles on parenting, many of which have attracted international attention in over 24 countries.
Denny was blessed with forward thinking parents who raised her with an understanding of her value as an individual, her innate power to choose by way of her thoughts, ideas, opinions and beliefs, thus, instilling in her a strong sense of personal responsibility for what happens in our lives
She is the founder of Awakened Parenting LLC, a company dedicated to helping parents release parenting paradigms of the past and consciously choose to raise their children to approach life with a positive mindset and strong sense of self. It is Denny’s passion to combine what she learned through her formal education in early childhood education and psychology and what her parents instilled in her and pass this on to all parents.
Denny has created the discussion group "Awakened Parenting Discussion Forum" on Face Book which now has over 600 members. She does on line coaching with parents and teachers who consult her on a regular basis. Denny collaborates with counselors, authors, coaches and others working in the parent coaching field. Denny Hagel is the author of the newly published "The Missing Secret to Parenting", "The C.P.R. Program for Parents & Teens: Conflict Prevention/Resolution Formula", "Mini-Me Syndrome" and two free e-booklets “Parenting Using the Law of Attraction” and “Becoming an Awakened Parent".