I saw this tweet by Tim Urban (@waitbutwhy) and got me thinking about my own parenting and why working on ourselves is important.
When parents raise a child, they install elements of their psyche in them. When one of those elements is damaged, the damage is usually passed on. So self-improvement isn’t selfish—it’s repairing the “family psyche,” which improves the lives of all the generations downstream.
It’s easy to be resentful of our parents’ flaws—but it’s good to consider their own starting point. If they handed you a healthier psyche than they were handed by their parents, they did their job. And your job is to hand an even healthier psyche to your kids.