Overcoming obstacles in parenting

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Overcoming obstacles in parenting

There are so many obstacles in parenting and they seem to change every week, don't they? I think the biggest obstacle that I've overcome is trusting myself as a parent. I think the most important thing that I've been able to do is to finally use my own wisdom as the sort of my first go to place when I'm trying to make a decision. I used to - when my children were young, I felt like there's got to be an expert who can help me out with this because I'm having a hard time here. And so I read the books. I went to older parents. I felt like I was always searching outside of myself for the answers my parenting questions. For example, my son really struggled with some of the earlier years of elementary school so much so that we made the decision to pull him out of school. We actually home schooled him for about 1 year and 1/2 which was nowhere on our agenda. But we made that decision really based on our gut and it was a scary decision but we did it. Really in some ways against the advise of a lo of people around us including a lot of the books that we are reading, even some family members are concerned about this choice. We were concerned too but it was where our gut was taking us and it ultimately turned into an incredible experience. So incredible that he ended up going back to school and he's thriving there now.

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Asha Dornfest

Author of Minimalist Parenting

Asha Dornfest is the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less, and the founder of Parent Hacks, an award-winning website devoted to sharing “forehead-smackingly smart” parenting advice. Since its launch in 2005, Parent Hacks has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Family Circle, and Parents, and has been named the “#1 Most Useful” of Babble’s Top 50 Mom Blogs three of the four years the honor has been given. Nielsen named Asha one of its 16 influential “Power Pack Moms,” and she has appeared in several TV and video broadcasts including CNN and ABC News Now. Asha lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.


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