This amazing article by April Perry has been floating around the web for the past few days. If you have kids, it’s a definite must read. For me, who often battles my own inadequacies about parenting, it was a great reminder that when I am home, my son only really wants me to spend time with him, and couldn’t care less about a new recipe from Pinterest.
It also made my appreciate my own Mom, who while raising my brother and I, always went and above and beyond to make sure she spent time with us, often at great sacrifice. For that, I am grateful. Mom, I love you.
Once upon a time, I was an expert in parenting. Of course, this was actually before I became a parent.
When our son was born, most of my parenting opinions went out the window. I found most parenting books to be annoying. I am very visual, so I learned best from watcing our friends with older children navigate the world of parenthood. I watched the way they interacted with their children. Some of the ideas they’ve had have helped us in raising our son; and other ideas haven’t worked at all. I’m learning that each parent truly has to listen to their own child and figure out what works best for them.
Last week, this little gem of an article showed up in the WSJ. My husband sent it to me, and I laughed outloud at the title. (Namely, because my husband is half-French). After reading the article, it sparked quite a lively conversation in our home about our parenting style, if it worked for our son, and what we could be doing better.
What do you think, GW readers? Do you think the author was right? Would love to hear your thoughts.