My kids didn’t come into the world with an instruction manual attached, nor did one's parenting style or parent education get any attention during my school days. I understand that situation is changing now, but still many of us feel unprepared for parenthood.
Parenting skills don’t come naturally to us…or do they?
Is there something intrinsic about us as a human being that tells us how to be “good” parents?
I know there is. There are many great reminders – teachers whose purpose is to help us re-member to listen to our un-common sense and to feel our way through life with our fearless heart instead of just our rational mind. These teachers can be authors, friends, elders, counselors, masters and our children themselves!
The question is: are we listening? Are we able to reconnect with our human ability to care, to love and to make “right” or appropriate choices which affect our children and our families?
Are we capable of finding our way through the cacophony of our own mental noise, a reflection perhaps of the world we surround ourselves with via the media; the advice of friends, family and experts?
Can we maintain balance in this day and age and if so how? What are the tools we can use to help us?
Helping us find the Parenting Style that's consistent with "Who We Are" and "Who We Want to Be"
In the 1990s, when I was a parent to a couple of young children, and an early childhood teacher, I taught Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T) classes to groups of parents in Tasmania. I highly recommend these or similar classes and support groups for parents.
Part of the benefit of joining any class is in meeting others with the same interests. The most common comments in our classes were always “Does that happen in your house too?” and “I thought I was the only one who thought that way!” It’s great to know you’re not alone as a parent.
Here I want to briefly outline two of the most useful skills I learned in that program:
We’ll explore some of the features of the new kids on the block – the Indigo Children (or The Crystal Children) and kids with ADHD and autism spectrum ‘disorders’ and the special understandings they require of us.
We might even delve a little into the realm of angels and archangels to see what ‘they’ have to offer. And consider if there’s a self healing, self knowledge or meditation technique that’s accessible for busy parents and their children.
And there will be room for you to contribute your thoughts and stories.
So, let’s go!
Related pages in the Child's Play Healing Parents' Zone:
Who would have thought that a healing method could be employed to overcome bullying?
What to do while waiting for your dental appointment with a severe toothache.
How to meditate - easy steps for kids to learn self healing and balancing