Saturday, September 1, 2012
Last night, after the girls were soundly sleeping, Eric and I found ourselves discussing the ins and outs of parenting. We took time to assess our recent parenting strategies and responses to a variety of parenting issues that come up over the course of a day.
We were each able to note areas that we could improve as parents.
We discussed strategies for dealing with the occasional tantrum, focusing on triggers and techniques for diffusing the situation.
We talked about how hard it is to feel as though we can never give enough of ourselves to both of our children.
For a bit we were being pretty hard on ourselves. We asked ourselves questions like, "How could I have handled that situation differently?" or, "Am I giving each child enough fill in the blank (discipline, guidance,opportunity to learn, play time, independent time, etc.)."
Then we realized that these are the issues that most parents struggle with on a regular basis. I cannot express how challenging it is to find a prefect balance and that balance is so amorphous that it can change hourly.
Ultimately we reminded ourselves that the one thing that all good parents have in common is that they are constantly trying to be better parents.
Oh and I cut some bangs, aka fringe.