Have you seen "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" yet? Read on—this is a post devoid of spoilers.
The "Star Wars" saga has more than a handful of parent-and-child relationship characters in its six-film story arc. That’s not yet taking into consideration the whole cannon from its expanded universe via different media: books, video games, comics, and TV series. Yes, the whole thing is littered with parenting wisdom, and below are our favorites:
1. You might be alone, but you go on. Can you remember a time when your kids were upset with you all because you were trying your best to be a good parent? That’s basically what Jedi masters Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi did for Anakin. You do everything so that your kids grow up to be decent individuals. They will think that you’re the bad guy, but that’s okay—you know it’s for their own good and you hope they will realize it and thank you for it (Anakin did -- sort of -- but only after wreaking havoc in the galaxy).
2. You cannot have total control over your kids. No matter how you warn your kids about what’s out there, they will probably not take your word for it. Like a master Jedi instructing Anakin Skywalker to be wary of the Dark Side, he still entertained the thought and look where it got him. Uncle Ben tried to keep Luke from being entangled in The Force/Dark Side business, but that’s exactly what happened. Children need to experience life on their own -- and only then will they grasp the lessons, the good and bad consequences, you keep telling them about.
In times of uncertainty, seek help. We learned this from Yoda (who always makes sense even if his sentence structure does not): family and friends can give you a different perspective of the situation you are in. Asking for help would at least let you take a step back and assess your parenting woe objectively. And, as they say, two heads are better than one.
4. Each child is uniquely gifted. For one, PrincessGeneral Leia is female, yet she’s capable of leading an army. Rey, the new female character in the latest installment fended for herself. There’s Han Solo, the smuggler who joined the fight against the bad guys. R2-D2 and BB-8 are robots (and small ones at that!) but they pack a big punch. On the other hand, no matter how you try, there will always be faults and flaws, but you just have to work around them.
Whatever path your kids decide to take on, your support will be with them all the way -- even when they lose their way, you try your best to steer them back into the right direction. You always see the good in your children.
Whether you're a "Star Wars" fan or not, you could surely relate to these nuggets of wisdom -- bits and pieces that you could pass on to your little padawan.
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