As a child, I said very little. I wasn’t encouraged to think for myself, so I thought more than I said. Years on, I do things very differently. Sowing a seed is a thought we set in motion, a thought that will take root, possibly grow and blossom into something that takes place and bears fruit.
That thought should eventually have a much greater impact on that person’s life, but they won’t necessarily understand or know that at the time the seed has been planted. These thoughts tend to have to work themselves through. It should never be our intention to plant a thought to instil doubt.
We should merely give the other person an opportunity to work with a thought that we know will make his or her life significantly better. That is what we as parents should do.