Parenting. It’s one of those hot topics. Everyone has an opinion, and we’re each passionate about our own. After all, we love our kids, and we love our parents, right? (RIGHT???) Too often, people are quick to judge other parents’ actions and motives. This seems especially true from the standpoint of a single parent.
A while ago, a friend of mine encouraged me to attend a lunch for a support group. It was a gathering of mostly newly separated and/or divorced people, some parents. Many of them were still “shell shocked” by their newfound situation. I didn’t feel like I needed a support group at the time and told her so. Laughing, she replied, “Oh, I know you don’t need us, but these people will feel better hearing YOUR story and knowing you survived!”
Now, two years stronger, we both know better than to judge anyone else, or to let anyone else’s opinions get to us. I hope to instill these values in my son as well. (Right now he’s young enough that we’re still working on “we don’t bite our friends,” but hey, it’s a start!).
I encourage the kids to understand that everyone has a story. For now, this might just mean the bedtime stories we read, but I hope I can help them grow up with a strong sense of empathy and a healthy dose of self esteem.
So far I think we’re writing a good story.
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