Being a parent
Being a parent is the most important job you can do. It also lasts a lifetime. Some say it is a journey filled with amazing rewards and sometimes seemingly impossible challenges.
I should know all the answers.
You don't have to know everything. No parent has all the answers. There is no such thing as 'one style fits all' parenting. Parents need to understand and be able to respond to the unique personalities, strengths and vulnerabilities of each child. Have reasonable expectations of yourself. Have confidence in what you do know. It's OK to say I don't know. Find out more about things you feel less confident in.
Parenting comes naturally.
Parenting requires understanding, persistence, imagination, energy, knowledge and patience.
All parents need support. Congratulate yourself on what you are doing well. Accept there may be things you could do differently. Do not be too hard on yourself. Every parent makes mistakes and learns through experience. Mistakes only count if you keep repeating them. Appreciate that parenting has its ups and downs and accept that this is normal.
Raising my children is my job.
Historically, extended families and neighbourhoods shared the responsibility of caring for children. Today parents, more than ever before, are viewed as solely responsible for raising their children. Parents can often feel judged and alone. But you will find that many other parents feel exactly the same way! Asking for support is a positive thing to do for you and your child. Seek support from family, friends, community and family support services.
Parenting is a community activity - many people play a significant role in children's lives. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends, teachers and neighbours all contribute to and support family life.
Look after yourself as well as your children.
Children and parents learn together
There is no such thing as a perfect parent. There is no such thing as a perfect child.
There are many ways to parent. Children and parents learn from each other.
Children of all ages are constantly watching, listening and learning from their parents. They watch how you do things, how you express your feelings and how you relate to others.
As a parent, you constantly learn more and more about your child as they change and grow.
Your parenting should change with the changing needs of your children.