Except from Chapter 1 of The Genius in Children: Bringing out the Best in Your Child:
As a mom, I often feel that I am hanging on by my fingertips. I’ll tell you why I don’t read the how-to books on parenting: It’s because I can’t parent with one hand and have the recipe book in the other. I need both hands, and sometimes both feet. Actually, most of the time I need my whole body and my mind and my heart focused on my children. I am pouring everything that is me into all that they are. When I get into bed, I have gone to bed because I can’t stay awake anymore, so I am not going to read myself to sleep with a good book telling me all the rules of parenting I violated today. I also don’t need some guy (or woman either) telling me what to do.
As the mother of a seven-year-old and a two-year-old, my secret parenting self-medication <!–more–>when I am feeling confused and overwhelmed is discovering that there are others out there going through the exact same thing. That is why I am addicted to The Nanny and Shalom in the Home. I love hearing about the bad behaviors and how they are resolved. I am craving reminders about why I am doing this and that I am not alone.
That’s why I like your articles. In this era of “helicopter” parenting and the expectations we place on our kids, hearing the principal’s point of view is terrific. Since the parents are the original and the best teachers of our kids, how do we teach well? We know how to love ’em; how do we make ’em resilient and brave? Especially now that my oldest is off at school. It is different being the parent of a child away, and there isn’t much on the subject.
Thanks. Keep writing.
Is this how it feels for you? How is it different?