It doesn’t matter how old you are or how old your kids are. You have more experience than them. In some cases, that’s a couple decades. In other cases, it’s many decades. But whatever the age difference is between you and your kids, you’ve lived longer and been through more.
Well, now as the world faces all sorts of troubles, it’s time to draw on that wisdom. It’s time for you to use your authority and your experience to guide them, to help them with what is an unimaginably stressful and unfamiliar experience.
That’s what Dads do. That’s why you called yours for help when you were buying your first house. That’s why you went to them crying the first time you got dumped. It’s why, when you were struggling and not even quite sure how or why, your dad was able--with just a few oblique words—to get you back on track. Because they’d been there before. Because they had a better sense of how things tend to work out.
Whether you’ve got a three year old or a thirteen year old or a thirty year old, that’s what your kids need today. It’s what they’re going to need for as long as you’re around. A nudge. A reassurance. A bit of perspective. Some little story from your past about a mistake you made when you were their age. A recommendation. Or maybe even an admonishment.
The wisdom you have acquired—often by painful trial and error—was hard-won. It’s valuable. Now's the time to use it.