A few years into this parenting thing and most of have a moment, or a few, where we have a complete meltdown. Like the ugly cry in the car type of meltdown. Hopefully, that car cry doesn’t take place in the carline while waiting for the kids to get out of school but it is bound to happen. As a parent, it is so hard to know if you’re making the “right” decisions for your children.
The hope is that we will be perfect parents but the harsh reality is that there are no perfect parents. I encourage you to stop torturing yourself by trying to be the parent you saw on television. Claire Huxtable and June Cleaver and were both great moms but I’m willing to bet that even their real-life parent life didn’t parallel that of their fictional characters.
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1. Every Child is Not the Same
If you have more than one child then you may have already realized that siblings, heck even twins, can behave like polar opposites. My daughters, two years apart, are similar in many ways but couldn’t be more different in other ways.
If you think that you’ll be able to take a parenting guide, follow each outlined step in order and be able to parent each of your children in the same manner, please close the “manual” and walk away slowly because you’re in for a long ride. What works for one child may not, and probably won’t, work for the other children in your family. As individuals, we each respond differently to stimuli. Accordingly, it’s important to keep that in mind as we attempt to make good parenting decisions.