When you become a parent, you know it’s coming. You don’t know when, but rest assured, it is somewhere around the corner.
Either you will be going about your business, and someone will question you putting your child on the floor in the wrong place, or you will be facing a real challenge, reach out for help, and receive 50 different opinions on what the ONLY answer is. What do you do?
First, you bite your lip and wait for them to finish. Then? Well, you simply smile and say, “Thank you”. You don’t have to agree with their statement in the least. Â You will truly receive an abundance of advice, and it is easiest if you carefully choose your battles.
If you really are facing a parenting hurdle, the next step would be to think objectively about what was said. Was there anything of value to you in your current situation? Each parent has extremely valuable parenting experience and may just have the key to what you’re handling in this moment. Â Take what is applicable and discard the rest.
Lastly, understand that you know your child better than anyone else in this world. You know their own unique personality, complete with likes and dislikes. Rest assured that as long as you prepare your child for life ahead, and show them that you truly love them, including giving them distinct boundaries, you will be doing the best you can as a parent.
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