Parenting Under the Influence

24 Mar

 

Photo by Shannon Kringen, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Shannon Kringen, Flickr Creative Commons

As more people are having kids later in life, many find themselves navigating the unchartered waters of parenting without the guidance of their own parents to help light the way.

When I lost my adored mother-in-law, Sue, and grandmother-in-law, Shirley, mere months after having my first child, the thought of raising my daughter without them was, well, incomprehensible.

But the other day, as I was booking a theatre class for my toddler, I realized: I am parenting under the influence…

…the influence of Sue and Shirley.

For even though these two amazing women are no longer physically here, they continue to guide many of my choices as a parent:

Think about the many ways you parent. Can you trace the shadow of a lost loved one in your own parenting style?

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