Speaking Point: IF ONLY MUBARAK READ "THE PARENT COACH"…HE MIGHT STILL BE PRESIDENT OF EGYPT!
Hasni Mubarak ruled Egypt for the past 30 years as their president. Unless you haven’t been on this planet recently, you have heard about the uprising of the people of Egypt and the ultimate downfall of Hasni Mubarak. Egypt is an amazing, historical metaphor for what I have recently been working on in my upcoming parenting book, “The Parent Coach" ...each child has a voice and needs a place for that voice to be heard. Parents, not unlike the leader of a culture, hold the responsibility to embrace the voice of each child into the family culture they preside over.
You see, Hasni Mubarak, (just like any parent of a family) had the responsibility to nurture the voice of his people within the guidelines and law
Speaking Point: When a parent (or leader) asserts power rather than authority over the family culture, dictates the laws, with no input from their children, the children will eventually struggle to embrace that culture, struggle to give authority to the parent and struggle to assert their own identity.
Speaking Point: Rebellion is in the making. Anarchy, filled with anger, fear, discontent, and turning parents into enemies, becomes necessary for the child to hear their voice, find courage for their voice and push for changes to see the effectiveness of their voice. Why does it have to get to this point? Why won’t parents partner with their children rather than control them?
Speaking Point: Each child, each citizen, must feel safe to express freely, feel valued for their presence, and feel welcome to think freely, bringing new ideas and new experiences into the culture they live in - always respecting the fundamentals of the culture around them.
Speaking Point: Every great leader must remain humble to their role as an authority, charged with the responsibility of leading their people, without the necessity to utilize power as a means of order, control and ego. It deafens the voice of the people, squelches the courage and self-esteem to be an individual, and ultimately festers feelings of resentment and defiance.
Speaking Point: "The Parent Coach" will be out this fall...but just think... if only Mubarak read the book earlier; he still might be President of Egypt!