First Letter and Word Being, A- Awareness .
While we all want to be a good parent, Let me tell you that one can be a good parent and yet continually make mistakes. We are not perfect, We are Humans, Let’s look at some of the traits I strive toward and want to see our parenting exhibit.
Let’s start with the first letter, A- Awareness.
I believe Awareness helps in solving problems or at least in dealing with the problems. So, One should try to gain more information, specially for parents- Awareness can be of great help. I am a Mother of two and learn from my own experiences as well as others’. I keep myself open to all kind of suggestions, I decide later on to use which one to use and what all to just shrugoff. If I am aware, how a sick child behaves, I will be able to manage those situations in a better way. I wasn’t aware of PPD so had a tough time with it in my PPD days.
With kids- Most important thing is Safety Dos and Don’ts. Kids might look like a small and cute little baby but, they do understand more than what we think. I am mentioning few simple yet important things kids should also be aware of. I explain them how to act if they are caught in any alarming situation, be it a gas leakage, short circuit, earthquake, Power failure, or any accident due to ignorance. If they are aware, they won’t panic and try to act within safety measures. RJ1 used to keep screaming if anybody stood in the middle of road and he saw a vehicle aproaching towards that person, he was of just 29-30months at that time. RJ2- 5 years old, calls me immediately, If I forget to switch off the Iron but, never touches it. RJ1- 7 years old, turns the Gasstove knob off if he sees I am not around and might take time to return to kitchen.
The simplest way for me is to explain them-How things work and what all I do in any unpleasantt or unexpected situations. I explain them what are basic rules of kitchen, using gas stove, Washing machine, handeling hot utensils. I can just go on, I will keep the topic short and simple and let you decide what all safety measures you will be teaching & explaining to kids around you. So, let children be aware of things.
The concept of this post came a while ago as we were on a road trip on our way back to home. While the little one (RJ2) was not well and was sleeping in my lap and the elder one (RJ1) was reading one of his story books. I saw RJ1 trying to keep himself busy while his brother wasn’t playing with him. I jotted down all my ideas in my phone, and I’m finally getting around to bring you those thoughts. I’m sure there are plenty more things we could all add, and I’d love to hear what you would contribute to the list. Further, I want to let you know that parenting is hard, and We do fail Quite often. But, We are the best parent to our Children. 🙂
Writing A2Z of Parenting, each post beginning with the alphabet series, I hope to complete this series. Join me in my endeavor as I bring to you 26 different Blogposts on different Parenting Experience.
See you in next post with something from letter B 🙂