Children don’t come with instruction manuals, nor do parents automatically know what to do in every moment or every situation that arises. In many cases, trial and error can become second nature. When we think of parenting and how to do it well, right, or effectively many things come to mind. It is true that we aren’t taught in a classroom setting or with any one parenting manual “how to” parent well. We parents often learn while in the throes of the parenting experience. We hope to do the best for our children, disposing the rest, less effective, detracting parenting practices. Children need the best start in life that they can have. When they feel safe with their parent in all of the ways possible, their esteem and life open up to wondrous possibilities.
You are raising or relating to a child or children on your own, with a partner, or support network. The days grow long, you strive to do your best as a parent, teacher and student and balance all that’s on your plate daily. Sometimes, you or your child mess up- only you know how often. You are both imperfect and human. Continue Reading…