I don’t believe that anyone should tell you how you should parent your children.
That said, here are 5 things I think all parents should do!
Reach Out — We were not meant to parent alone. This is one of the hardest jobs you will ever have and we should have support as we do it. Find good friends that you can count on, search out support groups that can help, and find activities for both you and your children.
Take What Others Say with a Grain of Salt — Once you reach out, you’ll have to take what people say with a grain of salt. There will be lots of people with advice – often unsolicited. They may mean well, but misspeak; they may want to control your actions; or they may want to make themselves feel better by making you feel bad. You may need to smile and nod, or you may need to gently remind them that you’ve got this.
Research and … Wing It — Along with trusted friends, do research. Ask doctors, find good online resources, get some good books. Then trust your instincts! And remember that sometimes even with all the reading you’ll do, you’ll have to wing it.
Make Your Own Choices — After reading the research and hearing the advice, realize that the best choice is the one that’s right for you and your family. Do not let others’ opinions define your reality.
Love Your Children — In the end (and actually where it begins) it’s about loving your children. No one does it perfectly. But there’s a reason you were chosen to be this child’s parent. Do the best you can, but give yourself grace in the moment.
Being a parent may be the hardest but most rewarding job on the planet.
Find the resources you need and trust your instincts – You’ll Shine!