The stork that brings the baby forgets the instruction manual. As parents, we need to workout how to best raise our children. My view is that parents are well meaning (almost always). Every child arrives in this world with their own guidance system and as parents we need to help them achieve their goals and keep them navigating in the straight and narrow.
The interactions we have with our children need to be joyous. Parental “controls” should be eased to a more holistic approach towards
guidance that is appropriate for the age and developmental stage of the child.
Some individual children may have physical or psychological problems that require evaluation and professional care. Rather than complicating the relationship between parent and child, when the right care is given, the bond solidifies.
I love the quote: “Your children are not your children, they are the son’s and daughter’s of life’s longing for the morrow…” in The Prophet, (Khalil Gibran)
Our children represent our hopes and dreams, and they are also their own individuals, with their own hopes and dreams. It’s important to understand this and how to best serve ourselves and our children, now and in the future.
One things for sure, it’s not always easy! My research and writing on parenting is meant to bring some of the pages of the missing “instruction manual” to parents who are looking for answers to their questions on how to deal with their children. From sibling rivalry to emotional development in adolescence, I don’t claim to have the entire guide, but I do hope some of my work helps you love, learn, and grow with your children.
Recently, the team at Wavelength, asked me to collaborate on a blog to highlight the importance of mental health in Australia. The blog post titled "4 Steps to Start a Mental Wellbeing Conversation" was written to recognize, and call greater attention to the "R U OK?" movement, a group dedicated to suicide prevention by proactively reaching out to those who suffer from mental illness or are in high-risk situations. [Read more]
If you search the Internet for parenting advice there will be an abundance of information that makes it hard to figure it out what actually works and which strategies are really effective. There is no single definition or a “right” method of good parenting. However, every parent wants the best for their child, and is […]