My own experience of being parented as a child wasn’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, especially in society today. We play an enormous, but very important role in our children’s lives. Before children reach school age 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 talked about my own childhood in yesterday’s blog and although I am 100% more positive in my own approach to my own children, it would always be easier for us to parent the way our parents parent us and their parents before them. We parent what we have seen.
It’s important that children know how to behave and communicate, helping them to grow into responsible and well-balanced adults. A correct approach from an early age will help them overcome many obstacles, challenges and barriers they encounter along their journey.
It is a constant battle though, 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 with other people’s input. Unfortunately, the input wasn’t altogether positive.
Teachers play a pivotal role in children’s lives too and as much as they form a lasting impression, any correction lies with the parents. When something goes array, school aren’t responsible. We are.