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IF I WERE A PARENT

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(Comic strip titled 'Dream' - source/credit: http://explosm.net and Rob DenBleyker)
IF I WERE A PARENT
By Amit Mehra
“Children are like clay…you can mold them the way you like.” I have heard this expression many times from parents. I am not one.  Except for Snoopy and Chewbacca, I have not had the opportunity of parenting a human child. I have never been a teacher either; professionally or in broader sense of the word. 
However, I do believe that Children are not like clay. I believe that because I know it is true. I know that because I was a child once.  Yes, they do show certain characteristics of clay but not a lot more than any of one us adults do. The one big difference between Children and Clay is that Clay does not have a brain. It does not have a heart either. Children do.
So then how can a parent mold or rather shape his or her child? I think the first lesson here would be to accept that we can not really do that. Not with any long lasting impact. What we can do is become…