Practical Parenting? What exactly is that???...

Kylie West - Friday, August 23, 2013
Let's start with a definition from oxforddictionaries.com...

Practical: "of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas"

Parenting: "be or act as a mother or father to (someone)"



 Well Hallelujah! Because I didn't fare too well with study at school, so I was not about to start the habit to find out how to raise my children. I just bumble through and hope that I look like I know what I am doing. But if that fails I always make sure I have a slightly crazy hairdo so people just think I am a whack-a-doo parent and don't question my methods! (some days I even carry a couple of cats, let them think I am Crazy Cat Lady!) 

Practical Parenting is exactly that...parenting a child in a practical way. Kids were invented before books, that says something right there! (it is easy to be deeply profound at 9pm on a Friday evening...)

It is not something to be over analysed, nor were we meant to enjoy every single second of the experience. If we did, girls weekends away would never have been invented (yes, I am the Mum who thinks all the other Mums are crazy when at 7pm the conversation turns to "I wonder if hubby fed them a decent dinner? Did he make them brush their teeth? Who cares?!? We have wine, nail polish and 24 hours without children!!!)

There is a certain level of cliche-ism involved in practical parenting though...use your intuition...go with your gut feeling...Mum knows best...That's not to say you CAN'T go looking for an answer, moreso, just don't take the answer you find as gospel. Reference books are for just that...reference!

Sage words from my Mum who parented her way from the mid 70's and through the 80's... "You all think about it too much!"
 
If we were supposed to parent 'by the book' then surely we would have been given one at birth! Maybe someone stole my copy...???

Kylie x


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