The choices we make for our young children lay the foundation for all that is to follow in their lives, the way we talk to them becomes their inner voice.
Raising children is like building a house from the foundations up. However parents interact with their children, they are building the future of their child.
You'll be relieved to know it's not a matter of doing more but of developing a clear idea of what sort of parent you want to be and understanding your child’s needs.
A great way to start is by allocating a block of time to discuss and decide what type of parenting you want to practise.
Alone or with help?
Deciding on your parenting priorities can be done with or without the help of a supportive parenting mentor.
If you want things to be different it's really important for you to get the support you need.
Families thrive when there is consistency, order and security.
There's a maze of parenting information out there and lots of people offering any number of quick fixes. Instead of a quick fix (which is almost never quick nor a fix), developing knowledge gives you a compass to guide you on your parenting journey.
Instead of random quick fixes, I advocate a thoughtful, considered approach inspired by the philosophy of Maria Montessori. Having an underlying philosophy they can refer to is a a great support to many parents.
Even if you've never head of Maria Montessori or know nothing at all about Montessori education it doesn't matter.
Montessori-inspired parenting takes a respectful and very very practical approach based on understanding the developmental needs and stages of the child.
With their developmental needs are met your child will be happier, your home calmer and there'll be a lot less stress and tension all round.
Using a modern Montessori-inspired approach gives you wonderfully practical tools to encourage independence, build skills and develop resilience, resulting in greater happiness and harmony for parents and children alike.