Are you ready for this?!?
I have been toying with the idea of doing a Parenting series on this blog for a long time now.
After taking a Family Relations class and a Parenting class over the past year, I feel like my brain is bursting with information that would have been helpful to me years ago. Although, I don't know if I would have internalized the information years ago in the same way that I was able to at this stage of my life.
At any rate, knowing that the best way to truly learn something is to not only practice it, but to teach it to someone, I feel the need to share some of the information I have learned.
I am also hoping that these posts will inspire feedback from you! Guess what my parenting friends?? It truly does "take a village to raise a child" and we are all in this together. Let's stop judging one another's parenting skills and join together to help each other out.
Before we get too far, there's something you should know...
I am NOT a parenting expert. I do have 4 amazing children whom I have been parenting for the last 18 1/2 years, but that does not, I repeat DOES NOT make me a parenting expert. If there is one thing I have learned over the last year, it's that there are truly only two parenting experts, our Heavenly Parents.
If it surprises you that I am bringing God into this conversation, then you must be new around here. God is a part of EVERYTHING I do. He has given me life, and blessed me with the opportunity to be a parent, among a gazillion other things. So yes, God WILL be a big part of this conversation. Hopefully that doesn't turn you off from participating in this series. Religion and spirituality are deeply personal things. My hope is that when I talk about things of a spiritual nature, you will be able to relate it to whatever religion or spirituality you already have in your life.
Let's get this party started, shall we?
Parenting is a hard gig; no doubt about it. However, with all of the hard times, there are those magical "can it just stay this way forever" times that make your heart melt, like...
When your children actually exhibit signs that they DO love each other.
When they bring you breakfast in bed after you have spent the day before screaming your lungs out at every little thing they do. #truestory
When your child writes you a letter and says, "I'm so lucky to have you as my mom!" #alsotruestory
When you go to bed at the end of the day and are able to say, "Wow, I had some good parenting moments today." (Haven't been able to say that yet? Stick around. I will help you get there.)
Starting at the beginning...
With that in mind, we can start in a good place, one in which we recognize that perfection is attainable in small increments. We also need to recognize that not only is it okay to make mistakes as a parent, but it's perfectly okay to ADMIT that you make mistakes as a parent. That is key to moving forward. Yes, parents make mistakes, and it's important that you recognize those mistakes, admit those mistakes, and help your kids see that it is good to admit when you are wrong and learn from your mistakes.
What topics will be covered?
These topics are only some of the ones I want to talk about and each of these topics could be talked about in multiple posts.
I would also love to hear what you want to talk about!
If there is something about parenting that you have reached the end of the road about, or a battle you are facing in which you see no end in sight, let's talk about it! Or, are you one of the lucky parents who has made it through a refiner's fire and have tips for the rest of us? Let's get talking and sharing, friends! Remember, we are all in this parenting gig together. There's no need to go it alone.
Just leave a comment or send me an email and I will add your concern/question/victory/topic to our list.
I have three goals for this blog series:
1. To learn more for myself so that I can be a better parent.
2. To share what I have learned in the trenches and through others more wiser than I to inspire you to be a better parent.
3. To be taught by you so that we can be better parents together!
Let's Do This.
If you have any tips or tricks you would like to share that relates to the topic of parenting kids who battle anxiety, please share them with me!
Until next week...
You're doing better than you think.
You've got this.