It's no joke that babies don't come with instruction manuals. And it's not just babies that are hard to figure out but also toddlers, tweens, and teenagers! Do you ever feel like you're just winging it? You are not alone! My husband and I were laughing yesterday about how nothing is more humbling than parenting!
Next time you find yourself at a loss of how to handle a challenging situation, rather than beat yourself up or criticize your child, let it signal area to learn new parenting skills. No shame about it. Remember, babies don't come with instruction manuals. It is baloney to believe that all parenting is natural.
A simple skill to start with? Recognizing when things aren't working and learning something new. It can be as simple as reading articles on the topic and trying a new response. And don't be afraid to ask for help-- asking for parenting support is a powerful skill that can help the entire family!
A big part of my work as a child therapist is proving parenting support and coaching. Helping the parent is a great way to help the child. This kicks off my series of Parenting Skills posts lifted directly from questions I get from parents. I hope it is helpful for you too!
Stay tuned for more Parenting Skills posts and check out my free 20 minute mini course on my favorite "3 Simple Skills that Build Positive Mental Health in Kids". The skills are so basic you can start using them immediately!