During a recent episode of “Call Dr. SOS”, our discussion took a turn towards examining the challenges that parents face in their 21st century lifestyles. I found myself inspired to write a quick and dirty parenting guide that I hope speaks to a lot of those struggles we go through as parents.
A guide on parenting encompasses a lot more than a single article could ever address, but I’ve tried to touch on some of the key points that I heard repeated during and after the show. If you haven’t listened to the show you can find it here. “Who has more pressure in parenting, men or women?”.
Doing what we see
One of life’s most difficult challenges can be successfully raising a child from infancy to adulthood. As most of us are well aware, there isn’t a manual for parenting provided by the hospital to you as you head home with your new bundle of joy. We are all left to “wing” it and pray that we get more right than wrong along the way. When you really think about it, it’s a wonder that any of us made it from childhood to adulthood given all of the perils that await us ranging anywhere from predators waiting to snatch us, to antibiotic resistant diseases. We make it through childhood illness, bumps and bruises, adolescent puppy love, broken hearts, teenage hormones raging and thrill seeking behaviors and finally arrive at adulthood. It’s not until we get there that we realize we didn’t know all we thought we knew.