Practical Parenting: F is for

F-is-for-family-and-friends

We all have a family of origin. The level of importance we place on “family” will depend greatly on the experiences in our own early years. It is only when we get involved in a significant intimate relationship that we really come face to face with the values we were raised with and begin to decide what we want to bring into our family of choice. If family meals were something that we valued as we grew up, we will be likely to want to instill this in our family, equally if physical punishment or shaming was our frequent experience in our formative years, we may find ourselves doing the same thing, unless we have made a conscious choice to learn a different way of being.

Our friends can also strongly influence our behaviour throughout our adolescence  and young adult years, so as parents, we have a responsibility to ensure that we are sharing the values we count as important with our children, so that they are able to choose their friends with whom they share a kindred spirit and have a mutually beneficially friendship. Sometimes a friend is closer than our own siblings, and through our friendships we stretch our world of understanding and imagination and sense of safety

http-::cdn.sheknows.com:articles:2010:05:three-year-old-friends

About parentcoachsa

Steph has over 30 year's experience working with families to design child care solutions and supporting parents to be the best parents they can be. In addition she has worked with corporates to find work-life balance solutions for their staff. As a practitioner I have become increasingly aware that work-life balance has become a critical issue, particularly in an age in which the demands of work are often at odds with home and family life. I am passionate about family life, it is the catalyst for every other relationship we have - in every other area of life, we expect to study, get a qualification, try something on appro , we want to feel in control - however it is the one area of life, that none of the above applies - Babies do not arrive with a parenting manual! It is my privilege as a Parent and Life Coach, to partner with you as you take hold of the challenges you are facing in your family, in your life and work with you , supporting you to achieve the decisions and outcomes you are choosing for your family and for your life. It is my job, to keep you on track, to cheer you on, when the "going gets tough". Through coaching, understanding of yourself and your child, and his or her phase of development will enable you to consciously develop a parenting style that will benefit you and your family.
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