Mom vs. Dad: Navigating Parenting Differences With All Good Intentions Written by Dr. Charles Sophy
Let’s face it: raising children can be quite adventure. Rewarding at one turn, challenging at next – it’s ultimate roller-coaster for parenting thrill seeker. In Game of Life, you rolled dice and accepted role of co-parent. While rules seem deceptively simple, (raise child into healthy adult), game is often complicated by differences in parenting styles between partners. It’s these differences, if unresolved, that can abandon you in land of defeat and leave you feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, with “game over” flashing on your internal video screen. Bridging a significant difference in parenting styles is one of most difficult aspects of building a family. Parenting is substantial task of balancing your beliefs and values (about child development, love, tradition and discipline) with your childhood experiences, in order to nurture healthy and secure children. Add a co-parent to equation – with their own beliefs, values and experiences - and suddenly, balancing act becomes more complex.
Let's pretend: It’s weekend. The sun is shining and there isn’t a cloud in sky. You and your parent partner decide to take your young son, Joey, for a relaxing Sunday picnic in park. Your partner loads picnic basket with bottles of water, healthy ham and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread (no crust for little Joey), and slices up a watermelon for a refreshing treat after a few games of touch football. You hop on your bikes and peddle to park, laughing all way as you and Joey play follow leader and he tries to copy your “pop-a-wheelies” with varying degrees of success, your partner watching warily from behind.
Finally, park in sight, you all race to be first one there, Joey pedaling as fast as his little legs will let him. You and your partner are on his tail until last moment when you both ease off to allow Joey victory.
Elated and winded, Joey hops off his bike and requests a ride on swings. You turn to your partner and say, "I'll take him. Relax. Enjoy your lunch." Joey takes your hand and you toddle off to swings. He climbs aboard, ready for dizzying heights and squeals as each push sends him higher and higher.
Seconds later, your anxious parent partner is at your side, saying “Don't push him so high! He looks motion sick. Joey hold tight!" The comments sting, prompting feelings of anger that your partner would think you are not being safe with your child, resentment and even inadequacy. To add insult to injury, little Joey immediately picks up your partner’s hesitation, looks confused and timid, and loudly announces “Daddy, stop!” You quickly catch him and ease his swing into a stop position and watch with mixed emotions as Joey leaps off and runs into your partner’s arms, whimpering as he’s led back to picnic area.
Baby Clipart for all your Baby Shower Printing NeedsWritten by Randy Wilson
Baby clipart is perfect accent to all of your baby shower printing needs. Whether announcements, invitations, thank you notes or stationery. Baby shower clip art can help you design perfect original card or flyer for any event, but it’s most suitable for baby showers.
Free Baby clip art can be found at many places on Internet. Try browsing through thousands of high quality baby clip art pictures to be found at Babycrayons.com. You will find lots of appropriate images for your free baby shower clipart needs. This is a wide category that contains many different style and designs perfect for any baby shower or baby clipart need including baby boy clip art and baby girl clip art.
Baby clipart can be cute, funny, or sentimental. You have babies alone, babies with bottles, babies with teddy bears, babies with blankets or tucked in a cradle. You will find baby clip art pictures of babies with diapers, babies with no diapers, babies with a brother or sister, babies with a cute animal or pet.
Everyone knows that babies are so cute! They are cuddly and adorable and we know that everyone enjoys looking at them, so adding baby clipart to your baby shower planning is a smart move to make. Baby shower clipart is not hard to find and often it is free for you to use as you need. Whether clipart is free or even if you decide to pay a small fee for access to even more baby shower clipart, there will be lots of things you can use it for.
Don’t forget to think about baby birth announcements, baby shower invitations, thank your notes or stationery. Baby clip art can be perfect accent to any of these needs.
Whatever baby shower clip art you decide to use, be sure to keep a common baby shower theme throughout all of your projects. For instance, having matching baby shower thank you notes is a nice compliment to your baby shower invitations. Also, having personalized stationery for mother to write her own personal baby shower thank you notes would be a wonderful idea.