I have always loved super heroes. I used to think of myself as a “super” safe parent because I held my boys’ hand every time we were near a driveway, crossing a street, and in a parking lot. I judged other parents who didn’t do the same. I was always holding their hand and squeezed harder when they struggled to get free. Then, one Halloween, my whole life changed. When one child’s trick or treat bag completely fell over and was being cleaned up, the other son dressed as Batman decided to cross a crowded street on his own to see what kind of candy the busy house had. He was entirely in black and crossed in the middle of a crowded street with very little lighting.
In an instant, I realized that I may have been a super safe parent in the moments we were crossing parking lots, but I wasn’t giving my children the inner tools they needed to always be safe. I will not be at every intersection of their lives, and my role now and always as their parent is to give them the tools to protect themselves.
So, on this Halloween and every one since that one years ago, I thank God that He held my little Batman’s hand that frightful night in crossing the street. It took this super hero lesson for me to learn how to be a better parent. The Learning Club urges you to see your experiences as signs to learning a new life lesson. They are in your life for a reason, and it all happens for you to be a better person. Look all around, and learn your lessons, friends. Learn the lessons.