By: Shannon Ralph
I readily admit to being a parent who does not have all the answers. Or most of the answers. Okay, some days I cannot even manage to scrape together a single, rudimentary answer. I am winging it just like you.
At times, I find it really hard not to focus on all the many splendored ways in which I am failing my children.
My kids eat hot dogs. A lot of hot dogs. And often in front of the television. And when I can’t even bring myself to boil a hot dog, we have cereal for dinner. Or we eat out.
I don’t cook breakfast. Ever. Pop Tarts are de rigueur around here. I allow too much video game time. Too much television time. I’ve been known to skip baths because I am tired or I have a headache or I just don’t feel up to it. My kids eat candy between meals. I curse in front of them. We don’t go to church. I spend too much time on my phone. I don’t particularly enjoy playing board games with my kids. Or stuffed animals. Or the Easy Bake Oven. I am not crafty. I take sarcasm too far. I don’t scrapbook. I don’t put photos of my children in albums. Heck, I don’t even print the pictures!
Sometimes I wonder how my children will ever manage to survive having me as a parent.
Then I think about my own parents. Were they perfect? No. Were they infallible? Far from it. Did they feed me hot dogs? More times than I care remember. And I survived. Hell, I even thrived.
What did my parents do right? What did they provide to me that helped me become a successful person? What can I provide to my own children to help them overcome my imperfections as a parent?
Below are the seven things I have concluded—through years of contemplation and gut-wrenching guilt—that all children need. Every. Single. Day. If you supply your children with the following every day, everything else will fall into place.
Photo Credit: Tatiana Vdb
Comments will be approved before showing up.
Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
By Laura King
Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...
With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...
By Alex Temblador
I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.
The same can be said of other...