@RachelBaileyParenting is back on the Legacy through Motherhood Podcast today talking about a SUPER important topic.
So first thing is first... us parents are just doing the absolute best that we can. But with that lens of good intentions comes the responsibility to ask ourselves if the ways we are parenting are really serving our children or if we just regurgitating the parenting we grew up around?
The parenting we grew up around could have been positive or negative. Some of it could have helped and some could have hindered. And here's the deal - you are going to help and hinder your children and you are also gonna have positive parenting traits and negative. There is zero way to be a perfect parent.
But there are a million ways to become a little better than yesterday.
That's what this very practical conversation with Rachel is about today. It is human and primal to want to help our children (and ourselves) avoid painful experiences...but often we do that through distracting (here's a popsicle, or let's turn on Blue's Clues!) or we avoid (Don't let them climb the tree, or ride a bike without training wheels until they are like 15). Neither have a negative intention but when we parent by teaching avoidance and distraction that becomes how we deal with difficult situations as adults (because we don't know any better)
In this episode, we talk through SUPER easy and practical ways to help our children THROUGH tough situations (from babies through teenage years and even for adults).