Countdown to Lil’G: Weeks 25-30
Well, somewhere along the way I got wayyyy behind with these little buggers…
so here goes an attempt at rapid catch-up…
weeks27&28: vacation weeks
You terrify me; you excite me.
So many opinions and philosophies and books and unending, often unrequested advice.
Even in these past few months as I think about kids and parenting and what I want for my little guy and my family in general, I’ve felt myself mellow (Jerome sings a song of praise and breaths a deep sigh of relief, I’m sure). I’m not all wound up classic American style (anymore) with wanting my kid to do everything, play everything, know everything–to basically be the best and the smartest and the most talented and every other superlative out there.
I really have mellowed.
When I think about parenting, I really just want to:
+ model the characteristics both individually and through our marriage that we want our kids to embody
+ be consistent with our rules, expectations, and consequences
+ actively create an atmosphere where dialogue is open and no topics are considered taboo
+ establish from day 1 that our kids are a part of our family, not the center of our family
+ be patient, forgiving, and always willing to teach and listen
Sounds easy enough, right?
And to all you parents out there, I know I’m in for a rude awakening in that these will be far more challenging to carry out in practice than in theory, but at least I’m coming in with some attempted direction, an aim line to shoot for…
Maybe I should add:
be flexible and have a sense of humor when my well laid plans are shot to pieces…