Parental Pride: Watching The Kids Achieve Their Goals

Ethan is four now, and thinks it’s time to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels. His “girlfriend” down the street rides her bike without training wheels, as does his best friend/cousin Kannon. They are a year older than him, but of course this does not matter to him – what matters is that he does what they can do.

Defeat. It hurts my heart for him...

To say that this has been a pleasurable process would be a lie. He’s frustrated and ready to give up. I’m frustrated that he’s frustrated and ready to give up. We don’t give up is what his dad keeps telling him.

But the reason that we continue to push him, continue to help him, is because we can already envision the look of pride on his face when he finally does it. We can already feel the pride welling up inside of our hearts as we watch him trying to achieve a goal he’s set for himself.

Parental Pride: one of the best feelings in the world.

I remember the kids all taking their first steps; the huge smiles on their faces and then complete confusion as we ran around like idiots jumping up and down for joy that they finally learned to walk.

I remember watching Ethan write his name…all by himself…for the first time and actually crying. I don’t think I have ever been so proud in my entire life. The happiness and joy I felt, and that indescribable feeling in my heart were priceless. Those feelings make this parenting gig completely worth it.

And this morning I bought the girls these cute little bubble blowers. They couldn’t figure out how to blow in them to get them to work properly. But they kept trying, and were so excited to blow their own bubbles!

When I was around 16, I decided to get a job. I went down to the local grocery store and applied for a job. I went to the interview and waited patiently to hear the news. I did this all on my own. My parents were so proud when they got the news: I had got the job. Not only was it a milestone, but proof that the sense of responsibility they instilled in me had stuck – that I would grow up and be a responsible adult. I’m sure there was a sense of relief involved there, too!

Fostering pride in children is so important. They have to believe in themselves. I continue to drill into my kids is that they cannot give up. That failing is part of the process of learning how to do something. That they have to believe that they can do it. That sometimes you have to work at something for a long time before you master it. That learning can be a lot of work, that it can be hard, and that it’s not always fun…but that once you achieve a goal you’ve been working towards, all of the work is worth it.

There’s a fine line between being proud of yourself and being prideful…what I would like to know is how you foster a sense of pride in your children? How do you make sure they don’t become prideful?

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  1. if it makes you feel any better? Little CEO is almost 7 and still rides with training wheels. :) gigi recently posted..6 Reasons Why I Didn’t Get Up at Midnight To See The Hunger GamesMy Profile
  2. When it comes to teaching my kids to ride their bikes without training wheels, I also take that approach: don't give up. I also learned that it helps if their feet can touch the ground when they sit. That way they fall down less because the hard part is pushing off on the bike. Wishing your kid all the best and yes, the feeling of success is wonderful. By the way, I would like to invite you to enter my giveaway. I'm sure the recipe book will come in handy for you. Detail are here: And please tell your friends to enter too. I have 5 copies to giveaway but not many entries. So chances of getting the book is high :) Lian recently posted..How Bugs Bunny Can Help Your Child To ReadMy Profile
  3. Hayden gets so made at himself when he can't do something right away but part of life is learning how to deal with that. Learning to take a step back, calm down and trying again. And then yes, when he gets it... so proud. So so so proud. :-)
  4. Gosh...good question. I certainly have been accused of being prideful...because...well, I'm kind of a show-off. But yeah, now that you put it that way, how do you raise your children to be proud but not prideful??? Sandra recently posted..Gratuitous bikini shotsMy Profile
  5. Thank you for teaching your kids this. Too many times parents let them quit and not be accountable. We are working on getting rid of training wheels as well. Wyatt isn't quite getting that it takes time. We're taking a rest and then we will try again until we get it. The biggest lesson he has gotten about not giving up.... buckling his own seat belt over his booster seat. Tayarra recently posted..How I get out of itMy Profile