Disclosure: As a Netflix partner I received a free pre-screening of Yes Day to help facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
Parenting is hard. There I said it. Though it may be rewarding, heartbreaking, full of joy, and even fun sometimes it’s truly hard. You are responsible for this little human life. It’s your job to love it, clothe it, feed it, guide it and keep it safe. Not just for a few minutes or a day but for their entire 18 years of life. In truth even when they become adults you never truly stop worrying.
So yeah parenting is hard.
When Yes Day began I could relate to the mom. She went from being carefree to someone who said no all time. Why? Because she became a parent and her one job was to keep them safe.
3 Positive Parenting Lessons I Learned From Yes Day
When you become a parent your days of being carefree are over. You become responsible for a tiny human and you must keep them safe. That translates into saying no many times throughout the days, weeks, and months ahead. You don’t say no to be a dictator or to be mean but to keep them safe from the danger they may not see for themselves.
However, saying yes is just as important because it lets your children A.K.A. tiny humans know that you are listening. That you value their thoughts and it helps to foster independence and teach them to think for themselves. Saying yes to climbing a tree or making their own lunch isn’t the end of the world. If they should fall or get a minor injury they learn for themselves why this activity is not a good one. But just as quickly they can learn determination to get to the top of something or to accomplish something.
Parenting is teamwork. It takes both parents to share the work equally. One can not always be the enforcer and one is the fun parent. You must share the duties to survive and to make sure that the children do not take advantage.
With that sharing, the duties of discipline, fun, and work help to relieve the stress of caring for these tiny humans. Helping one another allows both parents to share and ultimately be a united front with the children.
Learn to let go. As a parent, the hardest part is letting go. As your children grow you have to learn to let go. You must trust that you have taught them well. That you have guided and instill good decision-making skills in them. Part of parenting is teaching our children to be independent, smart thinkers.
We must teach them to make choices on their own whether those choices are good or bad. They need to learn that they may stumble, fall, and even make huge mistakes but that they will rise up again and that no matter their mistakes we love them unconditionally.
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