Practical Parenting: G is for

G-is-for-grandparents-and-good-enoughGrandparents can provide a really important role in their grand-children’s lives. That special trustworthy person, who always has time for them, who does things rather more slowly than Mom and Dad who are always rushing from here to there.

Grandparents get to listen to stories, tell stories and can fill the gaps in a child’s world in a special way. One often hears the joke being told, “That the greatest gift of being a parent is becoming a grand-parent!” – well that maybe true! l remember my Mom  teaching my daughters to bake cookies and the fun I could hear they were having in the kitchen, while I took a much needed nap from a sleepless nights with the twins. And my mother-in-law planting carrot and spinach seeds together and the passion with which they would watch each week to see the fruits of their labour! Special moments in their early years, can create special memories and learning which busy parents today just do not have time for!

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The other “G” I want to mention today is good-enough. Brene Brown, in her book ‘Daring Greatly’ talks about the liberating truth of discovering that you don’t need to kill yourself trying to be the best Mom or Dad, or the best wife or husband or son or daughter – be at peace with being true to your inner voice, being the best you can be is “good-enough’.

When we get caught up in the rat race of trying to outsmart everyone else in our relationships we forget how to relate and winning is the only things that seems to matter – the trouble is with that perspective, everyone loses out, because you are no longer offering yourself to the world, but rather a mask of who you think you should be! Quieten your soul and listen to the answer of what is really important and you will begin to see that you become the best Mom, which only you can be, which is exactly what your children need! What will it take to be “good-enough’?

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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