What really struck me, with both courses, was how we're not alone and how close we are, particularly those of us who've had a tough journey, to authoritive parenting and how much we actually know about this parenting lark, without even realising it! We should pat ourselves on the back, instead of self-berating and doubting, and retrain as Parenting Gurus!
The other message that came across loud and clear, from the teenagers chats to camera on the course DVD, was how vitally important it is to them that their parents give them the gift of time.
It was with these thoughts in mind that I read my blogger friend Deb's post and and was made aware of Parent's Week which, this year, runs from October 22nd - 28th. Coincidentally the theme for 2012 is 'Make a Moment', to share with your child/children.
Although most self-respecting child would never admit it, special moments shared with parents and family can mean more to them than presents! I love this quote on The Parent's Week Blog :
'Evidence shows that children most value the simplest moments they spend together with their parents. Time costs nothing yet can make the most significant difference to our children's development and overall well-being." Professor Tanya Byron, childcare expert and FPI charity ambassador'
So, in following with Deb's post, here's my 5 favourite 'Make a Moment' moments
It's nice to sit back and smell the roses sometimes, isn't it?
Or maybe I'm wearing those rose-tinted glasses again?