On Parenting

Do you have a parenting philosophy?

As for me, my parenting philosophy — if that’s what you want to call it — is in a constant state of change. I try something, see that it doesn’t work and come up with something new. Mostly I try to stay out of the way and let Simone and Nadia develop and become the people they are supposed to become. I attempt to let Simone and Nadia grow, allow them to make mistakes, encourage them, teach them discipline, keep them safe and a whole host of other things.

The truth is, I’ve been relying on what my parents did. I find myself saying phrases I used to hear all the time. You know, the things I said I would never say.

A few examples: “I am only going to say this once.”

“Don’t make me come back there.”

“Are you listening to me?”

So, what do you say? What’s your parenting philosophy?

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  • Melissa

    Your parental philosophy is much like mine was (my kids are grown-up adults with kids of their own.) There is so much conflicting advice for parents now, it must be overwhelming at times to deal with it.

    I am thankful that I had Dr. Spock’s baby book to go by when I was a young (very–age 18!) mother in 1966. He told mothers to trust their instincts, which is still good advice today.

    My own mother’s favorite saying was “Wait until your father gets home!”

  • My personal parenting style is to do what ever we need to do to get through the day so that by bedtime, we are all fairly happy. I’m a big believer in lots of free time to play, lots of wholesome food, lots of quality sleep, and some time for everyone to follow her own interests.

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