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Parenting: Putting it in its rightful place

There is very little in this world that is stable. Our lives are constantly faced with change, trauma, uncertainty and fear. Our children are our future and it is our job to prepare them for what lies ahead. But how do we do this when we ourselves are so unsure of what awaits us?

This is why it is so crucial that we make our role as parents top priority at all times. Who else will make our children feel safe? Who else will give them the encouragement they so dearly need when they have failed and need to be picked up again? And most importantly, who else will love them unconditionally if we don’t?

Our children need boundaries, not unlimited freedom, they need love, not condemnation and above all, they need to know that they can rely on us at all times.

So here is a challenge for all of us as parents:

Spend more time with our children – find an activity that the whole family can enjoy – not television!

Eat meals together at the dinner table – with no media devices on – yes talk to each other!

Instead of giving in to our children’s demands, let us teach them that they cannot always get what they want.

Let your children earn their pocket money – working for something is a life lesson.

Don’t be afraid to be the parent!

Practice what we preach – if we want our children to have good morals, ethics and live lives of faith, we need to be showing them how it is done.

If we want our children to be equipped for life’s challenges, we need to be the equippers, we need to be the caregivers, we need to be the decision makers and we need to be the role models that they so desperately need.

“Affirming words from moms and dad are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” – Gary Smalley

Have a great week!

Hylton Powell
Primary School – Deputy Principal