My own experiences of being parented as a child weren’t positive, but as a parent myself I have worked hard to change things.
Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs we’ll ever do. There are many challenges associated with being a parent. We play a big but very important role in our children’s lives. Even before our children go to school we are their teachers, so it’s important we get the parenting thing right.
As parents’ we have the capabilities to influence our children in positive ways. I have talked about my own childhood and although I am 100% more positive in my approach to my own children, it would always be easier for us to parent the way our parents have parented us and their parents before them. We parent what we have seen.
But it’s important children know how to behave and communicate, helping them to grow into responsible and well-balanced adults. A correct approach from an early age helps them overcome any obstacles, challenges and barriers they encounter, and it starts with us.
But it becomes a constant battle for parents like myself, to compete with outside influences such as school, extended families and society. As soon as my children started school, I began to see a difference in their behaviour through other people’s input. If the input isn’t positive, it’s us who have an uphill struggle.
Teachers play a pivotal role in children’s lives too, so it’s important they’re on the same page as the parent; but ultimately any corrections lie with the parent. When something goes array and others are responsible, it’s us who sadly become responsible.