Having a kid is hard. Parenting a kid is even more challenging. It’s not just about keeping your child safe and making sure they do their homework. Parenting is a lifelong challenge, with endless peaks and valleys that can feel more like climbing Mount Everest than raising a child. And parenting continues when your kids are grown; it’s an ongoing process that only fully ends once your kids leave home.
As kids become more independent, they also need parents who continue to support them while still holding them accountable for their choices and actions. As challenging as it might be, being a parent is also a fantastic opportunity to see the world through new eyes. Understanding how our children think and learn can make the entire experience much more rewarding in the long run.