I am currently reading/doing Chalene Johnson's book, PUSH: 30 days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin' Body, and the Life You Deserve!
I wanted to share with you an excerpt from Today's Challenge:
Your Life, Your Choice
When I was a child, my parents rarely told us kids what we had to do. They guided us. They offered their opinions, explained the possible outcomes or consequences, and then charged us with the responsibility of making the right decision. When in the ninth grade I announced I'd like to dye part of my hair pink, shave one side with stripes, and have a tail to braid down the side (circa 1984 Cyndi Lauper), they explained that in such a small town I could expect to be teased and talked about. They cautioned me that certain parents might make assumptions about my character or go as far as to not allow their daughters to hang out with me. My mom thought the idea was "wicked cool" but warned me that my volleyball coach might not look favorably on a punk-rock hairdo. Okay, I'll think about it.
Monday afternoon, I showed up to practice with my "totally awesome" hair. By halftime of Thursday night's game, I was already calculating how long it would take to grow it out. The experience, however, gave me the confidence to make my own decisions, knowing that if I made a wrong one, I would have to live with it. My parents gave me the information and offered their advice, but ultimately the choice was usually left up to me. "You'll make an appropriate decision." It was a powerful way to build confidence.
I found this to be very intriguing and may look into using a similar practice with my daughters.
How about you? What do you think?