I recently saw an advertisement for a parenting workshop on Facebook. There was a single comment on the ad that said, “Children just need love, like we all do.”
While there is truth to this statement, there is a fundamental element missing.
We all love our children, there’s rarely any doubt about that. This love is unconditional and immeasurable. But sometimes, when times are tough, patience is thin, and stress is high, we lack the tools to cope with our children.
And these tools often don’t come naturally. Mechanics aren’t born knowing how to fix cars, nor are surgeons able to repair hearts without significant prior learning. The expectation that parenting skills “arrive” out of nowhere is almost ludicrous.
So if you ever feel overwhelmed, scared, angry, helpless or in any way lost as a parent, it’s perfectly normal. There are many resources available including books, workshops, and support groups.
Parenting is probably the hardest and undoubtedly the most important job you will ever do, so the more tools you can add to your toolbox, the easier and more enjoyable the journey will be.