As parents we should consider ourselves more lime a Sherpa guide than a trainer or commanding officer. As one who has greater experience, but not greater value, our function is to climb the mountain beside our child, providing direction wherever we can, but above all offering our constant support. Then as we near the peak-as the child becomes an adolescent and then an adult-we stay back and let him or her pursue the dream, asking not even for credit for how much we helped along the way.
Hugh & Gayle Prather
Spiritual Parenting : A Guide to Understanding and Nurturing the Heart of Your Child