This morning I watched Whitney Houston’s mother give an interview. It has been one year since her daughter died. Cissy Houston has written a book and she is now marketing it.
I expected that during the interview questions regarding drug use would be asked. After all, it was the reason Whitney lost her life. What I didn’t expect was the lack of blame that Mrs. Houston could have thrown at Bobby Brown, and the entertainment world in general.
She did make a point of saying that her daughter’s husband didn’t help her. Her opinion was that he wasn’t good for her. However, she was very clear that her daughter ultimately made her own decisions.
We can tell our kids to wear helmets. We can encourage our kids to get an education. We can guide our kids to stay away from substances that are harmful to them. We can lecture, share and talk until we are literally blue in the face.
But the bottom line is that our children will make their own choices. We live in a world where temptations are all around. We live in a world where our choices and decisions will determine the life we live.
I guess all we really can do is be the best example we can. Teach by our actions as well as our words. Then love them, keep our fingers crossed and then let our children go out into the world and make their own way.