We understand the pressures we are all under as parents these days, and the personal sacrifices we make in our hyper-busy lives, maintaining a supportive, engaged and fruitful relationship with our children can sometimes be difficult. In the same breath, this important relationship is vital in order to help us create a better environment and growth for them, both at home and in school.
From the very first moment of our children’s lives, we as parents exert enormous influence over their development. We talk and read to them, we explain and demonstrate things to them, we try to foster beliefs and values in them.
These however, are not the only influences in our children’s lives. As they grow up and enter the education system, there are endless avenues of influence and pressure that await them.
Therefore, it is vitally important that we give our children a good start in life and provide them with enough grounding, a solid psychological foundation that ensures emotional awareness and mental resilience, in order for them to stand fast in the face of all the challenges that they will meet on their way to adulthood.
As parents, our role is to help our children develop an interface with the world that eventually prepares them for complete independence. However, when it comes to parenting, which we understand is the most crucial job of all, there is no ‘manual’ and no depth of training.
Yes, there is plenty of advice and anecdotal stories that seem to surf the web, and there are friends who readily tell us what’s best to do and not to do of course!
But there are no classes offered on essential parenting and how to deal with children effectively.
In reality, what happens is that we listen, watch and usually revert back to what we witnessed our parents do as we were growing up, and they in turn did so, just as their parents did before them…
However we know, just too well from looking at history alone, that just because something has been done a particular way for centuries, doesn’t mean that it is necessarily correct, even if it may have been so at the time.