couple sitting in jetting watching their kids get along

“The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.” ~ Frank A. Clark

I spotted this little family group while we were walking along the coast at Whitstable. As you can see it was not the ideal day for playing in the water but I liked how, in true British style, they were ignoring the wind and the few spits and spots of rain and having a good time. I liked the way the parents were sitting, there is something strong and intimate about them as they watch over their children.

I think this quote is so very true and something I have definitely done with my children. Yeaching them independence is very important, doing everything for them is only making a rod for your own back especially as they grow up because you can then find yourself basically being their servants. It is definitely a balancing act though and one that can be a challenge to achieve but stepping back and letting them go it alone is worth the work in the long run.

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