After a couple decades of working with youth of all ages in schools around the country, and more than half of that time being in the parenting trenches raising a son and daughter, I realized a few things:
Parenting is not for the faint of heart – I don’t care who you are or what you do for a living, a 4-year-old or a 14-year-old will bring you to your knees.
Some days we are on-time all day, rock it out at work, do not yell at our kids, eat healthy and go to yoga…Namaste. Other days we are stressed at work, late to pick up our kids, yell at them for their ungratefulness, and hide in the pantry to eat the hidden cookies while wearing yoga pants. It is about balance.
I am not a perfect parent – despite my best efforts, I often get it wrong – I have realized that there are no perfect moms and dads out there. Research shows it is okay (and beneficial) for our kids (and fellow parents) to see that life is messy. Let’s be real people!
I continually see the need, the concerns and fears of moms and dads of raising confident, happy, emotionally-intelligent little humans that will survive adolescence relatively unscathed, especially in today’s social media saturated world, where anxiety and depression are on the rise.
I also know that today’s youth are the solution, they are the future. They are bright, articulate, and full of curiosity and ideas…and at the same time filled with insecurities and fears. They need to be armed with resiliency and coping skills. They are figuring out who they are and how they fit in the world. They need to have a voice: they need to be seen, heard and valued. They need adults who believe in them and who they can become.
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