Yes, your role changes as your children long for more independence and individuation and at the same time, they are uncertain about themselves. Bottom line is they do want you to be there for them and encourage them by letting them know you believe in them.
Of course, you have days where you want to slam the door and you don't think they will get beyond their demonstrated behaviors that spin you and them. Who doesn't make mistakes or have nasty, mean days?
Ask your children how you are doing as their parent and ask them what they need. Of course, do this on a day when you are feeling GREAT and can receive the good, the bad, and the ugly, don't you think? Sometimes they will say, "I don't know." What did happen, though, is they heard you ask.
I am motivated by being a good role model. I am human by wanting to be treated like I like to be treated.
Ouch is a word I use and even leaving a room if I need to self-care. Parenting....a teacher of the moment. A button pusher.... A smile bigger than you knew you had.... A warm tear on your face.... A dream....An acceptance and hope.....A role that shifts and turns.....
A goodbye to what was and hello to an unknown and a disappointment for what you thought it would be and a reality of what the relationship truly is today. We parents love talking about our role and feeling a community no matter what age we are or our children are. We love hearing sweetness about our children.
I remember a very successful, public figure lighting up in a way I never had seen her light when she spoke about her college son. We hope to hear we are doing a great job as a parent. No matter what, we are parents on joyous and challenging days.
I have no regrets for this role I play. I hope to have a long road being a mother. Here is an in the moment list about PARENTING ADVICE:
1. Take a view
2. Step a side
3. Lean in and grab a hug
5. Pause before a call or text
6. Describe the behavior and let the impact land in the heart.
7. Let them lead.
8. Stay curious
9. Feel compassionate
10. Focus on yourself care
11. Have fun...fun....fun...
12. Let life teach them...
13. Surprise them....
14. Ask for what you want.....
15. Say sorry with an example of your behavior
16. Say YES more than NO....
I could keep this going and each could have a story beside the above statements. If you want a story for a teaching purpose, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
What would you add to this list called PARENTING? I forgot what a woman shared yesterday during our telephone session, "Parenting makes me want to start over with my parents."
Take good care,
Natalie Caine M.A.
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