Popcorn is prepared in the same pot, in the same heat, in the same oil, and yet… The kernels do not pop at the same time. Don’t compare your child to others. Their time to pop is coming.

Popcorn is prepared in the same pot, in the same heat, in the same oil, and yet… The kernels do not pop at the same time. Don’t compare your child to others. Their time to pop is coming.

If there is one thing that you can count on as a parent, everyone is going to tell you how to raise your child. Even people who do not have children are going to tell you how to raise your child. That said, sometimes there are great lessons to be learned from others. Other times, not so much.

One of the recurring themes that I have seen both as I was growing up as a child and then again as a parent watching other parents parent their children, it is that some parents are going to try to live vicariously through their children. In my experience, this is not a recipe for great success.

We live in such a competitive society, I see parents that are pushing their children in countless directions trying to give them the edge all the way to the point of some parents in Beverly Hills who are serving prison sentences for falsifying records to try and get their kids into the top schools.

As I have shared in the past, my first wife and I spent 10 years going through in vitro fertilization, hoping to become parents. When we finally adopted our son and I was watching him growing up, I remember a conversation I had with my father in which I said that my son was not speaking as quickly as other children his age. My father smiled at me and he said, “I promise you when he walks up to get his high school diploma, he will say thank you.“ For a hyper concerned parent at that age, that really wasn’t what expecting or hoping to hear. But it was truly sound advice, and when Chris went up to collect his diploma, he not only said thank you but he sang a Tom Jones song in front of the entire student body, which was totally not characteristic of him. Even more to the point of today’s aphorism, I can say that I believe my son has one of the widest vocabularies of anybody that I know of any age and he is incredibly capable of being conversant in just about any topic.

Today’s aphorism was written on a sign in front of the small café. Great pieces of knowledge come from all over the place. Where and how we find them and what we do with that knowledge strikes me as being very important. In my son‘s early years, I was a helicopter parent, hovering around him and being overly protective. I was doing it all wrong. And I needed to grow up on many levels. He was just fine, he was coming along being who he was, on his timetable and I could not be more proud of him. At the end of the day, sometimes we are the ones who need to do the growing. We don’t get a manual that teaches us how to raise our children at birth, so we pick up the information from lots of different resources. Today’s aphorism is just one more, brought to you from a sign posted on the street…. I’m sure from one concerned parent to others. Just love your kids for being the individuals that they are and give them the space and time to become who they are going to become and you will not be disappointed❤️

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!