As parents it is hard to watch our kids make choices that we feel will not benefit them.
Many times we are correct in our assumptions and our intervention is vital to keep them from making a decision that will have large repercussions.
However, many times they show a passion or dedication for a path we may not see as right for them based on our own anxieties and insecurities. That does not mean they share this same anxiety and insecurity.
When we hold our kids back from following a path that resonates with them, regardless of how we may view it, we end up creating a rift in the relationship and damage the trust that has been developed.
There is no worse feeling than regret. When we hold them back from making choices and following their chosen path, they will over time regret that decision and resent us as the parent for not allowing them the chance to go after something meaningful to them.
Life is full of risks and it is our job as parents to assess that risk and keep our kids safe and secure when needed, but when we intervene because we disagree with a path they are passionate about, we are keeping them from learning a valuable lesson.
Persistence and Failure!
Failure is not a bad thing, it is an opportunity for growth, When they fail at something and are able to reassess and go at it again, this is where true success is developed. Persistence is a common trait of successful people.
Trust them to fail and learn and they will almost always surprise you in the end!