I have had many parents (mainly of the children I’ve worked with) ask me for guidance surrounding various parenting issues, including everything from potty training and hours spent playing video games, to dealing with the inevitable power struggles they’ll have with their children.
Sadly, children don’t come with manuals. Yet we seem to have this expectation (as parents) to know exactly what to do and how to handle things at any given moment, and it has to be done perfectly, with no long-term ramifications. The reality is that our knowledge about parenting comes from how we were parented, meaning we will more than likely raise our children the way we were raised (to some extent), because it is the only way we know how to parent. But is that how you want to raise your children? Or do you want to explore other options, perhaps a better way for you and your children to navigate the ups and downs of family life?
Many parents feel overwhelmed and confused with the influx of information on the do’s and don’ts of parenting. We’ve seemed to stop trusting our own judgments when it comes to raising our own children! Many of us won’t call our parents to ask for any kind of advice, because we’ve decided that’s not how we want to raise our children. As a result, many parents feel a lack of support while trying to do the best they can with what they know.
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