What Would You Do Differently if You Were Given a Parenting Do Over?
Being a parent is the hardest job we are given as adults. We don’t get a parenting guide on the steps to follow in order to be a great parent. We learn by trial and error the best way to raise our children, and learn a great deal by our mistakes.
Luckily children are resilient and turn out as decent, loving, and empathetic adults, despite our mistakes or faults.
No matter the age of your child, we all wish that if given the chance, we could be given a “parenting do over”. No parent is going to do things perfectly, but maybe by sharing some of the lessons we have learned, we can help other parents feel less alone. We have all of struggled at some point in our parenting journey.
Based on your comments, I would like to do a follow up blog, discussing some of the themes that come up in your comments and get a discussion going.
My parenting do over I wish I had, was to choose being a parent instead of a friend to my teenage children. In choosing to be their friend, I gave up my authority. I do believe that there is a way to have both, and I would like a do over to see if I could have found the right balance.
I asked my father this question, and he stated that if he was given a do over, he would have played with us more often as kids, instead of spending long nights at the office.
No matter what age your child is, if you were given a parenting do over, please share in the comment section below, and lets learn from each other! What would be your parenting do over?