How many of us can relate to the stories from our parents or grandparents that sounded something like, “When I was your age I walked to school in 3 feet of snow for 5 miles…”? As a child, you would insert eye roll here. What about the famous, “At your age I was cooking the family meals, doing the laundry, etc etc..” Again, as a child we would insert eye roll here.
Now as parents we want for our children what our parents wanted for us – a better life. We want to protect our children and will become mama or papa bear to anyone who hurts them, however sometimes we are doing such a great job of protecting them we don’t realize we are shielding them from life experiences that are needed. It is our role as parents to protect our children. In some ways that means being there with a listening ear when they are going through a hard time, NOT interfering with the hard time because we are taking away valuable life experiences that teach our kids how to “live in the real world.”
I do not like to see my children upset, hurt, crying or failing but I do LOVE to see them overcome their fear, learn from their mistakes and most of all I look on with amazement as they are growing into caring, independent young men. Parenting the New Old Way is my take on parenting today. The New Old Way is about parenting with love and compassion in today’s world while instilling the morals we were brought up with.