Precious Resource

Mother and Daughter Reading TogetherWhen I became a mother I was completely in the dark about being a parent. I was the first person I knew to go through the process of a pregnancy, giving birth and becoming a new parent so I had no role models. I had no idea of what to expect. Therefore I did what I’ve done all my life in such situations: I researched. Whenever I feel unsure of something I look more into it and read all I can about it. I want to see it being done, I want to be around others who are doing it and watch how they do it right. Research has always offered me reassurance.

playing for change imageLuckily there are many role models who adore children and know they’re our precious gift and hope for the future. These wise teachers share their knowledge in books, websites, workshops and courses. There is a wealth of information available to help anyone learn how to understand the importance of parenting and how do give our very best to this life-changing endeavour.

If we want to become a better chef, we make an effort to learn from others. Same with gardening, playing a musical instrument, or any other endeavour. We have to make an effort to learn the best way to do it. So let’s make an effort to learn how to excel at child care rather than just doing what we think works, or the way our parents raised us. Let’s see what new information resonates and works for our lives and our children. Even a few tips we acquire that can help calm quarrels and rivalries, build loving relationships, regain household order and foster mutual respect is worth every effort it takes to obtain the information and the time it takes to do some reading.

children laughingNo one is born with the knowledge of how to be an excellent parent, and becoming a parent does not automatically make one a good parent. Like stand up comics have sarcastically observed, we have to get a license to drive a motorcycle or car, or to even have a dog, but any fool can have a kid!

Let’s not be foolish with this precious role we’ve been granted as parents (or anyone who spends quality time with youngsters such as teachers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, nannies and babysitters) and get wise by picking up a book filled with the generous assistance of those who want to help. Libraries are filled with books on the subject of raising children into well adjusted and happy adults who will lead our world into the peaceful future we know we all deserve. Let’s make the effort to learn how to raise happy kids because it’s priceless!

children - Alice Walker[Randomly sourced images]

26 thoughts on “Precious Resource

  1. Gina dear, thank you for this post.

    It’s quite interesting that my recent posts have been about the inner child and a couple of other sites that I’m following have also posted about children, and now yours. Synchronicities, synchronicities… :-)

    I was writing out my comments when I realized it was getting to be lengthier than your post! :-) So, I’ll just post them separately. I had been planning on sharing my thoughts on the subject anyway, as parenting is related to my recent posts.

    Thanks again for sharing and thank you for setting an example for others! :-)

    Much Blessings, Namaste…♥♥♥Nadine Marie♥♥♥

    • Hello dear Nadine Marie :)
      I adore how many synchronicities show up in a day, and I thank you for sharing about your recent arrival of a few. I always welcome your comments my friend, but I’ll have to enjoy one of my regular visits to your wise blog to see your thoughts on parenting. I have more to come – I’ve been thinking about atrocities, and how if we really want to help them stop we must focus on raising healthy and loved children and teens. So I’ll be rippling out more synchronicity soon :D
      Namaste. Love and Light to you!! Hugs, Gina

      • Thank you too Gina! :-) Look forward to reading more of your posts, on the same topic or otherwise. :-) Synchronicities have become a regular occurrence in my life, yet it still fascinates me each time it happens. And I’m thankful I’m not forgetting to acknowledge and appreciate them, as I know they’re responses from the Universe. Much Blessings, Namaste…♥♥♥Nadine Marie♥♥♥

  2. Gina, I did exactly the same,a s soon as I was pregnant, read books about pregnancy, babyhood, motherhood etc, I read like crazy. when the children got older I read more book like how to tame teenagers etc. Nobody is perfect and we all want to do the right thing for our children. I found it very helpful. Now my children tell me that I did the right thing with their education adn I am proud that I have wonderful loveing caring understanding teenagers. I would advise any new parent to read and look up ways of bringn up your child. Whereas LOVE is the best educator and teacher in doing the right thing for them. Teaching them about love and showing them love is vital.

    • Hello dearest Ute, what a wonderful comment! And I am overjoyed at another similarity between us = we love to read up to learn more. Yes I wanted to do all I could to have minimal rife and maximum calm and joy in a loving home environment, so I read all I could get my hands on. And like you, my grown kids tell me (and show me with their happy lives) that I did a great job. There’s a lot to be said for admitting we are a student, and asking for help (through reaching for a book written by someone who has some experience and good ideas). :)
      Bless your heart Ute! Love and Hugs, Gina

    • Hello dear Kozo :D This is wonderful news! Both that you are in the midst of sharing your skills with others in a book format AND that my humble post could offer inspiration :) That is always my goal. Thank you! {Hugs} Gina

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