I did so much wrong when my kids were younger, and I still do. I started out expecting to have well-behaved children because I knew the authoritarian formula that all good parents were supposed to follow. My first child swiftly knocked that theory off of its lofty pedestal and shattered it into a million pieces. His stubbornness turned out to be a blessing in disguise, because I had to completely overhaul my inner self in order to be the mom he needed me to be. I was probably a candidate for some sort of therapy, but I’ve always learned well from books, so that’s where I turned. I will share the best of my findings with you, and also expose the few books that led me astray.
Some of the issues I’ve explored are authoritarianism, fear, perfectionism, anger, nutrition, attachment parenting, learning styles, emotional intelligence, empathy, discipline styles and techniques, sensory sensitivities, positive thinking, communication skills, homeschooling and education theories, sibling rivalry, and — as you might imagine from this list — migraines.
I am writing this blog because some people close to me have urged me to share. Since I had to learn so much of this from books, rather than intuitively, maybe I have analyzed the problems in a way that is easier to put into words. I would love for you to tell me what you know, too, because this is meant to be a forum for moms to learn from each other. So please share your experiences and opinions, positive or negative, in a way that will help us all.