• Neil G

Parenting Week on Best Mate Dublin

This week on Best Mate Dublin I’m covering the topic of parenting.

I’ve often heard parents say “no-one ever wrote a book about parenting” but of course that’s not true, there are loads of books out there.

But perhaps the intention there is to state that however much you read up and study, nothing can really prepare you or advise when the real thing comes along. And that’s because as parents we are all unique, and our children are all unique, so the relationship between them is especially unique, and it’s unlikely that any generic advice will exactly fit the bill. So maybe it’s just that no-one ever wrote a perfect book about parenting.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some good books out there with useful themes in them. I’m always a fan of getting out there and reading, learning ideas and viewpoints from a variety of sources, and then choosing your own path that fits your values.

And of course during each phase of your child’s growth and development, the landscape changes and new challenges are faced. I have my own experience of parenthood, with two children under 10, so I haven’t seen the full range of situations, emotions, challenges and of course joyous moments. Therefore, purely in the interest of science, and advancement of knowledge for all my readers, I spent the weekend in a household with two boys, a teenager and a pre-teen, to see what the future holds for me.

And boy, it was an eye-opener.

I’m not going to share the details here, let’s just say it’s more of the same with different dimensions!

The point is that it’s an adventure, full of a whole range of new experiences and feelings that no-one can prepare you for.

I understand the pressure that being a parent can exert on you. At times it weighs very heavy. And at other times it’s exhilarating. And everywhere in between as well.

When those tough times come along, I recommend to treat them like any other tough challenge that you’ll come across, taking an appropriate mindset, be present in the moment, understand that all these moments will pass, know that all parents face similar challenges, trust that you’re not alone, and that you’re only human, as are your children…so forgive them and forgive yourself.

As I said earlier, generic advice, just like mine here, is unlikely to fit like a glove. So take what you can out of it. Over the next week I’ll be sharing more wisdom that I’ve come across during my research, and if you get the chance to take a look, think about how it can affect the way you think and the way you act.

Have a great week, and please share any thoughts or comments with my readers as the week goes on.


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