A Parent’s Job
Raising a family has always been the toughest job out there, and even in this information technology age it’s the one we’re least prepared for. Fast food workers get more hands-on training than the typical parent, and most states now require a minimum number of behind-the-wheel hours of education before you can apply for a driver’s license. But none are required before you can bring a new life into the world or into your home.
At the same time, the world is becoming more fast-paced and difficult to navigate than ever. Parents are overwhelmed with advice — but is it the right kind? And our kids are bombarded with messages from media, peers, and the celebrity culture that can lead them in the wrong direction.
It’s our job to provide the love and limits needed to keep them healthy, strong, and thriving. But none of us begin our journey as mom or dad with all the tools we need to parent effectively. So how do we get the skills to succeed at the most complicated, exhilarating, and important job we’ll ever have? Back in the day we had mothers, aunts and grandmothers who lived nearby and offered hands-on internships. We learned to cook in their kitchens and followed their lead in the kid-raising department.
We had kind family doctors who had time to guide us through those childhood illnesses and pesky behavior problems. The better part of an office visit was spent discussing the day-to-day nuts and bolts of parenting. Today? Not so much. More often than not we’re rushed in and out of the exam room, ears checked, heart and lungs listened to, immunizations given, but our questions still hanging on our lips as the doctor closes the door on the way out.
I can help fill the gap, offering expert guidance along with the support you need to grow a healthy family. Parenting is a wild ride. I want you to adore it — hair flying and breathless with joy — but with the car firmly on the ground and the kids safely strapped in. Let me give you a hand!