As a child born in the 70’s, I witnessed a totally different approach to raising kids.
There was a lot of downtime, less technology available, more freedom and really crazy fashion choices. (Culottes anyone?)
My mom was a stay-at-home mom and I was lucky to have a wonderfully loving and supportive childhood.
Amazing to think that I turned out okay without my mom filling every waking moment with some sort of enrichment activity or educational stimulation.
She did it without Mommy and Me classes, library story times, t-ball for tots or starting piano lessons at 4 years old.
All of the crazy-ass stuff we modern parents feel obligated to do because we were told to do by some BabyCenter article or we were feeling pressured because everyone else was doing it this way.
It is so much more work being a parent these days.
Parenting is a verb.
It is a lifestyle.
It is a job description.
I’m all about supporting children and providing them with a safe and loving home.
But what’s currently happening is a bit of overkill, don’t you think?
The expectations we parents place on ourselves are causing us to lose touch with who we are as individuals.
It’s all about the kids.
What if it doesn’t have to be, and shouldn’t be, all about the kids?
What if it should be about us pursuing our passions with the same gusto and dedication we put forth into helping our kids pursue theirs?
Investing in yourself makes you feel fulfilled.
When you make time for you and your dreams and goals, you’ll have more positive energy and confidence to assist your kids with theirs.
But you have to start with you.
It’s time to be selfish…. and that is a good thing.
The others in our life will reap the benefits.
Let me show you.