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Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 286: When Your Child Has A Bad Day

Hey parents, bet no one told you this in the delivery room!

When your son or daughter is in pain, the world feels like it's off-balance. No parent wants to see their child hurt, disappointed, pained, angry, or frustrated, but these are emotions we all confront in life.

Allowing your child to experience defeat, or frustration or disappointment is being a good parent. We can't always "save" them. Can't always make it "better." We can, however, let them know that we love them, are here for them if they need to talk, and will always support them.

So today one of my son's had a tough day. We talked, made a plan of action, and I gave him all the space and support he needed. I encouraged him, and then I had to let him go. He would either survive the "challenge" or not. But the power was and is within him.

Thankfully he weathered "the storm" successfully and it was a good day. Not sure what tomorrow will bring. No parent is. You can only lay a solid foundation of what your expectations are for your children, instilling them with the values you hold to be true, love them, cuddle them, discipline them... and then trust that with your guidance they will make the right decisions.

No one ever said parenting was easy.