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Monday, June 19, 2006

Holding Hands

Sometimes it overwhelms me how many skills a parent needs to a good parent. As nice as it is to come into parenting well-prepared, I think the key is for parents to be teachable and willing to continue to learn. I remember the old saying, "Caring for young children is like being nibbled to death by ducks." It is usually not terribly painful, but just a constant barrage of pinching little annoyances. Child-rearing takes so much energy and love. The older I get the more amazed I am with the patience of some parents. At the same time it is painful to watch parents who are unskilled and impatient. I salute the parents that constantly hold their child's hand and relishes in the journey.


At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Constant nibbles and patience are needed - both for parets and teachers alike! Well said!

At 1:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Although I am not a parent, I am around children often, and patience is ALWAYS needed. Even as I was in a store a day of two ago, a mother had lost her child. When he was found she was relieved. But as I walked past the mother and child a few minutes later, she was yelling at her child and threatening to take things from him, instead of still being grateful she found him!! Patience is always needed!!- Lesley Rose- Child. Lit.

At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this one. I wantch my own parent and how much time and energy they spend daily to make sure that my sibling and i have everything we need. my mom is constantly talking to her frineds and asks them about how they deal with one problem or the other, she doesn that to learn and know how to teach us. my father is the most patient person i know of. he is always letting us learn and helps us and teaches us how ot fix our mistakes. he lets us make tem but helps us solve and fix everything. i think my parents are amazing and it is true, it takes a lot to be a great parent and i believe i have two amazing parents that i've learning form constantly.
-----Marianna Stirngham---

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this topic. I'm not a parent, but I'm around children all the time and my niece lives with us so it's fun and exciting to watch her grow. Parents do need to have a lot of patience and need to realize that they're just kids and that they don't know any better. When you made the comment in class about how you can tell if you're a teacher because you start to think of how someone should raise the kid no matter where you go. It's so true. It's easy to be on the outside and watch someone raise a kid(s) and to notice what they should/shouldn't do. However, we need to realize it's not that easy to see on the inside. Child rearing is so important to kids, especially when they're so young and they look to the parents and other family members as role models. The love, patience, the attention and the energy a parent gives to one child makes a big impact on their lives and we should always remember that as well as practice it and remember that kids are kids, let them be a kid before they have to grow up.

At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not a parent yet but I am a nanny. As a nanny, I somehow got conned into coaching one of the children's soccer teams. I was amazed by how different the children all acted and how much their self esteem levels all differed from one another, even at a young age. Then, when it's game time and you can see which parents are supportive and which aren't you can see why some suffer with low self esteem and some do not. I think it is so important that parents are involved in their child's life and that they positively reinforce their child while also challenging them.
Whitney Newman Children's Lit.

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenni Koelliker said- I agree with you on the sometimes overwhelming responsiblity a parent has for their child. This weekend I have spent it watching my nieces and nephews, as much as I love them I am always grateful to see their parents coming in the door to take over. I am the youngest of seven children and I love being able to see the different ways my siblings have chosen to raise their children; I have tried to pay close attention at what techniques I like and which ones I don't like. Although I don't know if anyone can be fully prepared on parenting, I hope that I will remember everything I have learned over the years, through my parents and siblings, and use it to help my own feeble attempts at parenting- when the time comes!


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