Choosing Which Voice to Follow

Every parent has them: Those go-to sayings that we pull out and use when our kids need to hear them. I have one in particular that I have said often enough that the FOMLs will probably have it chiseled into my tombstone. I wouldn’t fault them. (It isn’t even my original expression!) Before I share it with you, here’s some background:

I recently passed the milestone where I have been a parent for more than half my life. For those who haven’t been keeping score, we have one daughter and four sons. That means 26 years of hikes, amusement parks, shopping malls, crowds, movie theaters, etc.

One of the kids always seems to take it upon himself to strike out as the leader of the group -and them promptly marches off in the wrong direction, or leads the group right past the desired destination. This is where we would stop, regroup, and I would utter my well-worn expression:

“If you don’t know where you’re going…don’t lead!”

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