Being a parent is a constant learning process. For 2015, Kids In The House wants to continue helping you through this process to help you as you raise your children. This month we have partnered up with Mamalode to help you Live & Learn as a parent.
Part of learning as a parent is getting rid of the guilt you may be feeling. “Learning to be a mom and learning that I’m not going to be able to do it perfectly would have made my life as a mother much easier and I think it would have made me a better mom,” says Arianna Huffington, President of the Huffington Post Media Group. As a parent, you will make mistakes; however, your children will forgive you and you need to forgive yourself as well. Forgiving yourself will help you be happier and will help you be a better parent for your children.
Author Jill Smokler explains that it is important to accept your limitations as a parent. When you do start feeling overwhelmed by all the pressure, it is important to take a deep breath and remind yourself that no parent is perfect. “Nobody is judging you as harshly as you're judging yourself,” explains Smokler. “You'll be okay.”
Not only do you need to live and learn as a parent, but your children also need to live and learn as kids. Allowing your children to learn from their experiences will help them build resilience and confidence. “One of the main characteristics of resilient kids is they view problems as things to solve, rather than be overwhelmed by,” says therapist Robert Brooks. “They are also kids who deal very effectively with mistakes.” Learn to support your children by letting them help themselves and others.
We encourage you to set goals this year to truly Live & Learn as a parent. Relationship expert Dr. Wendy Walsh shares great tips to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions. “Social support is very, very important,” shares Dr. Walsh. “And the most important thing is rewarding yourself along the way.” Set goals and make plans to make this a great year with your family!
Want to learn more about our Live & Learn campaign with Mamalode? Read this article from Kids In The House CEO Leana Greene on what she has learned from being a mother.
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