There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.”Sue Atkins
Surprise! When we make the choice to become parents, we do not get a manual. No one gets a blueprint for parenting. Therefore, making the decision to become parents, is not one to be taken lightly. You are now responsible for someone other than yourself; someone who completely depends on you to help them learn this world.
When be become parents, we go through many periods of trial and error, hoping that we are doing the right thing. We constantly question ourselves, ask friends and family for advice, and many times resort to old faithful Google. When all else fails, we fall back on the strategies our own parents used; but, those do not always work. We must remember, that our own parents were also learning as they went.
Parenting is certainly no easy job! Children of yesteryear and children of today are two completely different species. Parenting methods that may have worked before, somehow do not appear to work now. A lot of this is because of how much society has changed. Today’s children are more exposed to negative influences as they interact more on social media, and spend more time with their peers. These have far-reaching and compromising impacts on our children’s lives, so we have to arm ourselves with the tools to become effective parents.
According to Empowering Parents, being an effective parent is “not about being a perfect parent—it’s about being a “good enough” parent. Parents have to be up for the challenge to become effective parents. We do the best we can with the resources we have; but we can never know enough. Empowering ourselves as parents is the key to nurturing well-adjusted children and winning the battle.