Better Than Yourself

It is difficult, as a mother, for me to teach my children to despise those who embrace ignorance, hate, and the cult of narcissism, when most of our elected leaders, including the highest office, gladly embody all of those principles.

They tell me, “Mom, it will be alright. We’ll be fine. Look where we live. We aren’t like them. We never will be.”

As a parent I have embraced so much of our culture, much of which my children have brought into my world. Music, art, literature, and new ways of thinking. I’ve seen my children embrace diversity in ways nobody could have imagined when I was a child. I’ve seen my children go out into the world with open minds, and skeptical caution that keeps their eyes open.

While I seethe with anger, my children look for solutions. They look forward and beyond my fears and frustrations.

Raise your child to be better than yourself. Raise your child to be braver, smarter, and kinder than yourself. Raise your child to embrace the challenge. Forget your own personal failures and embrace the possibilities that your child sees. Remember that anything IS possible.

We teach our children, and in turn they will teach us.

It will be good.

It is good.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

2 thoughts on “Better Than Yourself

  1. Our daughter had a difficult time in one of her classes at the university last semester where an exercise was to look at everyone through the racial and sexual identity lenses so popular in politics of late. She posted on social media that it’s difficult for her to make those distinctions because we always had people with different colored skins, from many other countries, speaking various languages in our house. Since we are into art, music and dance, many of our friends are LGBT as well. All her life she only knew people who, by the politics of the past several years, we are supposed to look at differently, as special simply as normal people, because they were all our friends.

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