I have been thinking about our world, which leads me to think about parenting. I take my work - helping support parents while they are raising their children - seriously each and every day. I believe I’ve heard every story there is about parenting struggles and successes. In my 27 years as an educator, I have worked with the parents of children of all ages (from 5 to 18), and I have seen it all. When people ask me the difference between working with elementary, middle, and high school kids, my go to phrase is, “All kids of all ages need the same things: to feel loved, cared for, and supported. And, they need our guidance. Always.”
As I reflect on my experiences, I have come to the realization that we spend hours improving our craft. We talk to others about our stresses and successes at work. We ask others for advice and opinions. We take courses to learn new concepts or get the next certification or degree. We strive to make more and buy more. We try new hobbies and test different self-care techniques.
But what are we doing to improve our skills as parents? Are we focusing on the behaviors and habits of our children? What about our parental habits and behaviors? How are we doing as parents?
We only get one shot with our kids. The good news is we can all take a look inward and find areas of growth. We can make positive changes today. Many people think that working on parenting only applies to new parents of small children. That is not true! Parenting kiddos of any age requires reflection and adjustment of parenting styles. Our children never grow out of being our children. They are always our children, and we are always their parents. Many parents find themselves just going through the motions, not questioning how they could be better.
Why don't we learn more about parenting? Why don’t we strive for growth as parents as we do in our professional lives?
Parenting is literally the most important job on earth! The importance of raising humans to become good humans cannot be overstated.
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What I have learned: Kids of all ages need the same things: to feel loved, cared for, and supported. And, they need our guidance. ALWAYS.
Tania Farran is an educator, mom, business owner, and an author. Her blogs tell about balancing all of these things in life! Laugh or cry with her and maybe learn a thing or two.