Good parenting tips? You ponder that question as you sit back in the chair and study the young couple in front of you. They’re very obviously going to be parents within the next few weeks, and seeing as they’re new to the whole thing and you look like a pro sitting there so calmly, they decided to ask you some burning questions, namely whether you had any good parenting tips that would come in handy to them.
Thinking about it, it was a good question and not something that you would have thought required much reflection, but then again that’s how it was. You had learned many things throughout being a parent but they were all jumbled up in your head and no precise order. Besides, you’re new to this whole parenting job too and have only been at it for about a year or so.
Now you find yourself in the waiting room in the maternity ward, impatient to see your new baby and waiting for the dragons who masqueraded as nurses to let you through. So you sit here and ponder the question about whether you would know any good parenting tips. There’s nothing much that you could say that they hadn’t probably already read about.
One thing though, that had stuck with you for a long time was your belief when you were younger that there was something like a perfect parent. Ultimately that’s what all young parents want to aspire to be, the perfect parent.
And although you might know intellectually that there’s no such thing as the perfect anything, you still try your hardest to be the perfect parent, and when you fail at this as you undoubtedly will, you’re crushed and think that perhaps you did something wrong.
There is no such thing as the perfect parent. And you need to accept this before you can move on to being a good parent. Only when you accept this will you then be able to make mistakes. And in making your mistakes you will learn from them, and both you and your child will be better off for it.
Good parenting starts from within you and you don’t need anyone to tell you how the best way to raise your child is. One of the best things about having a baby was that you learned a whole new world of things right along with them, and any good parenting tips or advice that you need will come naturally with time.