• Cecilia Yee, Counsellor

Who Ever Said Parenting Is Easy?

Updated: Nov 18, 2019

I think parenting has been the hardest job I have ever been given in my entire life yet at the same time, it is the most rewarding. Do you agree?

I was a perfect parent…..before I became one. Whenever I saw children throwing tantrums in public with parents at a loss as to what to do, or whenever parents get upset in such an uncool way – I would roll my eyes and declare that they are just failures, muttering under my breath that “if it was my child, I would smack the child and tell him to behave or face the consequences….”

Well, I have had to swallow many humble pies since becoming a mom 14 years ago. Just when I thought I’ve mustered motherhood with my elder daughter, number 2 posed a whole different set of creative challenges! Parenthood has forced me to continuously reflect, examine and transform myself to be a better parent and person...and I’m certainly still a work-in-progress!

The influence we have on our children is way deeper and further than we know; what was your own childhood like? Take a minute to just reflect on how your parents have impacted and molded you into who you are today. How did the way they love or not love each other affect you? What about the way they tackle their disagreements? What sort of memory do you have of your growing up years? Which traits did you inherit from them that you would gladly pass onto your children? What about the ones you are least fond of? How are you going to do them differently?

What are your most memorable lesson as a parent? Care to share? Which parenting style have you been adopting? What are your thoughts? To ascertain which is your primary parenting style, click on this link. https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/parenting-style-four-types-of-parenting

At aLife, you may wish to seek counselling concerning parenting matters. Call us at 62588816, or email contact@alife.org.sg or book an appointment online at https://www.alife.org.sg/book-online/counseling-service

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