If you're parenting right now, you have a pretty complicated set of responsibilities, right? Today I want to narrow it all down to something very, very simple and foundational. For children (or any humans) to learn, function, socialize, and be healthy they need to know:
When you wake up to a cranky child, when your tween is freaking out about homework, when your teen comes home from school in a mood, let yourself wonder how your child would answer these questions.
Can you provide them with some evidence (not words, not assumption, not even the evidence from yesterday) that they are safe with you right now? Can you show them that they matter? More specifics tomorrow!
I'm a person on a messy journey--healing, learning, discovering and rediscovering. Sharing, writing, talking, and teaching help me to understand myself and the world more clearly. I hope it can help make your journey a easier, too.