The Daily Groove

Two Kinds of Responsibility (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

If you blame yourself for your child's "misbehavior," you're under the influence of the old worldview — confusing responsibility and blame.

One way to break the spell is by redirecting the blame to the worldview! To paraphrase a famous quotation: There is nothing to blame but blame itself.

Let yourself get really mad at "the system" and then use your anger to energize your shift into the new, creative worldview, where taking responsibility feels empowering:

"I AM responsible because I decide how to respond to my child's behavior! I don't give a damn what anyone else thinks — it's my responsibility, so it's none of their business!

"And since I'm responsible, I choose to respond with compassion for my child AND myself. I can even appreciate the behavior, because I KNOW that my child is good to the core, and I have faith that this is just a part of my child's process of becoming.

"In fact, I expect to enjoy responding creatively!"

Now that's RESPONSE-ABLE. :)

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