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Why am I a Parent?

The purpose of parenting is not to teach empathy to your child, it is to learn empathy from your child.

What if that is true?

If it is, what might you change in your view and experience surrounding your child?

I used to think that the purpose of parenting was to produce a “productive member of society”, but then I realized we don’t give birth to employees.

I then thought that the purpose of parenting was to make my child into a kind and compassionate individual, but then the thought of “making” someone into something didn’t sound very kind or compassionate.

Now I experience the purpose of parenting to be one of student, and the teacher has called for class to start with their birth into this life. Time to pay attention, I have much to learn about empathy.

We have been given two eyes, two ears, yet only one mouth. Perhaps it is because we are meant to listen more, see more, and speak much less than we currently do. The purpose of parenting is to close your mouth and open your heart.

Are you ready to listen to what your child is here to tell you?

Are you ready to observe what your child is here to show you?

What can you do with this new awareness?


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About Matt Marchant

Matt is a student of life and enjoys laughing, learning, and loving along with his wife and two year old son. He enjoys spending time in nature where he finds peace and rejuvenation, but most of all the simplicity that the outdoors provide. When he is not working he is playing, when he is playing he is working.


Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) Owner of Marchant Training Method, since 2001

Education & Certifications:

  • B.S. Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Exercise Physiology from California State University at Fullerton in 2001
  • Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 3 from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Exercise Coach from the C.H.E.K Institute
  • Circular Strength Training Coach (CST) from RMAX International
  • Circular Strength Training Kettlebell Specialist (CST-KS) Instructor from RMAX International
  • Holistic Coach from Journeys of Wisdom
  • PPS Success Practitioner from the C.H.E.K Institute

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