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Raising Children

Literally, my daughter has three hairbrushes, I was so sick of not being able to locate where she was putting them down every morning that every time I went grocery shopping I’d pick up a new one to save me some time. Did this work though… NO! Three brushes have all gone missing at once at times. Usually finding them stuffed underneath my daughters’ bed, or in the car, as she’s running out the door with it in her hand to do it whilst we travel to and from our destination.

Does this make my daughter unorganised? Maybe, but she’s twelve, and I’m not going to berate her over little things like this. I do remind them often of the importance of time management, and they generally listen when I count down how many minutes we have before we leave the home.

I don’t like to compare my kids either, both my kids are unique and have their own idiosyncrasies, so why do parents compare their kids? Perhaps, it’s because they only know their own children inside and out, and they are comparing what one child did against the other. Whilst I think this is OK during their early development to a certain extent, I truly believe that parents should remember each child comes into the world differently, they are uniquely going to be different throughout life too.

I think that as parents we all do what we know, we aren’t experts on raising kids, but we can be champions for our own children and teach them the confidence, respect and tools to be great members of society when they are older. We shouldn’t get complacent with this gift, our kids are the future, and we need to continue to show them respect, love, confidence, independence, nurture, encouragement, pride, strength, trust, and gratitude as often as possible. This will in turn help them grow up understanding these qualities and being mindful of others in society too.