“When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.”
― Mitch Albom, For One More Day
The news is full of reports in regards to Tom Daley coming out of the sexual orientation closet. While reading article after article and listening to his long drawn out YouTube video, all I could think of was my own children. How would I respond if this was my own child? The question lingered in my mind until I read a post written by the United Kingdom Huffington Post. The article highlights the beautiful response from Tom Daley's grandparents.
According to the UK Huffington Post David and Rosemary told reporters, "We asked him if he was absolutely sure. He’s our first grandson from our son who died. We have always been supportive of him and we always will. We’re not old-fashioned, in fact we’re quite liberal. But I do think he’s too young to be making this sort of decision... But we hugged him, we thanked him for coming to see us, and we’ll be seeing him over Christmas. We’ll always be here for Tom."
Unconditional love shines through these grandparents. What an incredible role model in responding to tough situations such as this. Even though they questioned his choice, they hugged them and let him know they will always be there for him. That is what being a parent or grandparent is all about. Giving your love and support to your child no matter what.
In our home we teach that we will always love one another. There may be mistakes, bad behaviors or choices that may need to be punished, corrected or questioned but they will always be loved. It is the action that holds the consequences not the person. Love them with no conditions, protect them as much as possible with your own acceptance, inform them of the ugliness that society harbors and be there for them.
As a parent we need to be there for them whether our children are in need of a band-aid for their boo-boos or a strong pillar to lean on for their hard-times, that is our responsibility.
How would you or how would you like to respond in these situations? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please place them in the comments section below.
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