We embark on our parenting journey with good intentions and strong opinions about what we’re going to do better or differently than our parents did. Yet nothing provokes intense emotions like parenting, and we often find ourselves doing the very things we fervently hoped we wouldn’t.
From conception, fears, and worries abound. Others feel privileged to express unsolicited opinions about the RIGHT way to parent, and multiple books, talk shows, and scholarly articles describe exactly what one should do in order to get it right. Today’s competitive parenting, bullying, gender/sexuality concerns, screen time restrictions and more leave many feeling inadequate, insufficient and worried about whether they are raising happy, productive citizens or causing permanent emotional scars.