Cousins. Most of them share DNA (nature). Some of them are siblings and have a similiar upbringing (nurture).
Each of them has a unique spirit.
In The Conscious Parent (2010) Dr. Shefali Tsabary encourages parents to address these issues:
How can I parent my children with an awareness of what they truly need from me, and become the parent they deserve to have?
How can I rise above my own fear of change and transform myself to meet the requirements of my child's spirit?
Am I able to perceive my relationship with my children as a sacred relationship?
I am posting this as I travel to visit family and recharge on vacation. Dr. Tsabary's book is a welcome companion as I continue launching my young adult children into the next chapter of their life story. The Conscious Parent reminds me that good parenting is a metamorphasis, we are changed by the children we are blessed to raise. It is an exciting and challenging journey.
I will honor my child's unique spirit.