Day 21: What three lessons do you want your children to learn from you?
First off, I feel like it is important for me to state for the record that my husband and I are childfree by choice. Neither of us has a particular drive to be a parent, and the idea of having children because we feel societal pressure to do so just seems like such a bad idea. However, this being said, we are a fabulous aunt and uncle. So…I am going to approach this as what lessons do I want my Nieces and Nephews to learn from me. Or really any children I encounter in my life.
- Different is not bad – My nieces (my nephew is 2 so he is not quite as aware) know that I am a witch. They have come to my house to celebrate sabbats. We talk openly about this. We have also had open conversations about LGBTQIA issues, other religions, racial issues, and feminist issues. This is partially because my brother and sister-in-law are amazing and open themselves, and do not have a problem at all with me discussing heavy issues with their children. That is amazing and I feel like I am helping shape these fabulous, open, non-judgemental kids.
- Honesty is the best policy – I do not like to be lied to, who does. So don’t do it. Just be honest with me.
- I am here to talk about anything. – No judgement from me. Come talk to me about sex, drugs, drinking, being a republican, whatever. I am not here to judge, just to listen and advise if I can, support if I can not.
That is the big important stuff. I hope my nieces and nephews take this much from me if nothing else.