The Gift of Parenthood

“Children are their parents’ guests. They come into the space that has been created for them, stay for a while–fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years–and leave again to create their own space. Although parents speak about ‘our son’ and ‘our daughter,’ their children are not their property. In many ways children are strangers. Parents have come to know them, discover their strengths and their weaknesses, and guide them to maturity, allowing them to make their own decision.


“The greatest gift parents can give their children is their love for each other. Through that love they create an anxiety-free place for their children to grow, encouraging them to develop confidence in themselves and find the freedom to choose their own ways in life.”

Henri Nouwen

Bread for the Journey