This week, I realized that I feel much calmer and happier as a parent when I’m not trying to give my daughter advice all the time. I know this probably isn’t big news to many of you, but it is a lesson I continue to learn and re-learn over and over. I often feel compelled to share what I know and teach her how to do things my way. Sometimes I feel justified in this; after all, there really is a right way and a wrong way to carry scissors. But other times it is far better for me to keep my mouth shut and let her at least try something out her own way without any input from me.
I’m still feeling my way through what I want my blog to be and how I want my work in this space to influence people. I want to share what I have learned about parenting, and if I can help some parents avoid a nasty scissor incident by teaching them the right way to hold their scissors, so to speak, I want to do that. But I don’t really want to pontificate from my soapbox all the time either. Even though there may be some parenting practices that have proven benefits, and others that have proven risks, nothing is black and white in parenting. Not only that, every parent is on their own journey of self-discovery and growth as a human being. My way of parenting will not necessarily be a good fit for everyone else.
So this week, I’m turning the microphone over to you, my readers. What are your favourite parenting resources? What is your biggest parenting challenge right now? Do you have a great tip on scissor safety that you want to share? I’m all ears.