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As parents, it is very easy to imagine that our children are completely helpless. Babies enter the world in a state of total dependence. They rely on us for love, food, protection, baths, diaper changes, medicine and much more. Yet, they are soon capable of exceptionalism beyond our wildest imaginations, but we are too busy wiping their noses and bottoms, making their beds, brushing their teeth, tying their shoes, dressing them, and bathing them to notice how much they have grown. In the beginning, this attention was warranted, but soon we become anchors weighing our children down. Even worse, our underestimations become self-fulfilling. Perhaps this is the reason we have an epidemic of 18-year-old men and women that still look to their mommies and daddies for their every need…
The two boys in the video above, serve as another reminder of the extraordinary feats young children are capable of achieving when the adults in their lives take them and their abilities seriously. These young boys, five and seven, display strength and body control that exceeds 99.99 percent of full grown men. When is the last you saw someone do a 90 degree vertical push up? Exactly. These boys are incredible.
But there is a second lesson to be learned and for parents it might be just as inspirational as the two boys. Behind the scenes is an exceptional father. These boys were not trained in state-of-the-art gymnasiums with several Olympic coaches to analysis their every move. They were taught by their loving father in their small home. There are even videos that show the boys doing back flips off their kitchen table, hardly state-of-the-art. Now, I am not suggesting that we should have your children doing flips and handstands several hours each day, but I do want these “Lesson’s in Excellence” to remind us all that children can achieve almost anything they want if only their parents will believe in their exceptionalism and help show them the way. So, the next time we are tempted to baby our five-year-old, let’s pause and think of the mighty Stroe brothers and their exceptional father.
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