* * * * Be-blogging this one as a reminder that the best parenting tool we have is who we are. * * * *
Authenticity. Now there’s a word that is often conspicuously missing from discussions about parenting practices. And yet, it is something with which we all have to wrestle, or make peace, everyday — especially when dealing with our children. When it comes right down to it, how we choose to be with our kids is just as, if not more, important than what we do or don’t do.
Let’s be clear. I don’t mean that I expect any of us to be perfect — I want us all to blow it royally as often as necessary. And I don’t expect any of us to always know just what to do in whatever situation that arises — I’d rather us muck around looking for the best solution in the moment. And I don’t expect that everything we try will work — I wouldn’t trust any parenting method that “always works”.
What I hope…
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