The Battle Cry of the Tigger Mom
How I Learned to Accept Parenting Imperfection
Of all these stories I'm privy to, the only recipe for success that I can decipher involves the following: a dose of consistent love and attention (preferably parental but not necessarily), a ton of exposure to ideas of all sorts, and a pinch of encouragement. Good luck is also part of this recipe, but seems to appear most often after the other three are included. Above everything, however, is passion. Passion for others, for ideas, for living. That is the engine, the glue that binds the operating system common among people who have lived fulfilling lives.
I stumbled across this quote recently, attributed to Apple founder Steve Jobs, that should be the motto for all Tigger Moms: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma that involves living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And, most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
I know my son will have to navigate a world that will look little like the one I grew up in, but Tiggers, as we all know from Pooh, are ever-confident and enthusiastic. We Tigger Mothers will just put our alls into finding the joy in life, and in that way, we'll teach our cubs the trick of never, ever getting lost.
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