Mastery of life is not a precondition to becoming a parent. We assume the responsibility of teaching someone else how to do what we have not yet figured out. We teach, even as we learn through and with our children.
Often as parents and even as grandparents we literally muddle through the challenges of raising children and grandchildren
Because aren’t we all a work in progress…always learning new things and new ways of becoming better versions of ourselves?
So why do we have so many rules and tips on parenting floating around the web?
It is always helpful to have lists and guides in the form of rules and tips when we are insecure. Raising a child is one of those skills which can make even the best of child experts unsure of themselves and their skills.
Remembering there really are no hard and fast rules to raising a child is a place to start when you first bring your little helpless baby home. Preparing is helpful to keep your own sanity intact but so is listening to your gut.
Being present in your child’s life is unspeakably important as is teaching them kindness and empathy.
But knowing that every child and parent dyad is unique and respecting differences will help you sustain yourselves as you parent over the years to come.
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