“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
(George Bernard Shaw)
Many parents find themselves petrified by possibilities. They know that the stakes are high in parenting and that the things they do and the decisions they make will have strong ramifications. Understandably, they want to know exactly what to do in every possible situation so that they don’t mess up. Even if that were possible, it would make for a very heavy tool bag and a lifeless relationship. ScreamFree parenting is a freeing message because it rejects the notion of techniques and allows you to tap into your uniqueness and creativity instead. Do you want your kids to go through life being afraid to take chances, to follow what they believe? Certainly not. So, be an example to them in the very arena they see the most. Know what you really believe, what you really want, and then make decisions accordingly. If you approach any situation, no matter how volatile, with a calm and connected manner, you are well on your way to handling it well. And if you “mess up”, just view it as an opportunity to grow some more spine and handle it in the best way possible. Acknowledge the mistake and keep on keepin’ on.