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messageCalling all Dads and Mums!
Posted by Zacdrumbaker February 07, 10:52AM

If you are in this discussion forum you must be taking your role as a parent pretty seriously, whether you give yourself credit for it or not. I recently had an experience where someone I met had exactly the info I needed to solve a particular parenting problem. EDF is a great resource for this too, but the net it casts is limited, so we can't expect it to solve all of our parenting doubts. I am convinced that better parenting is the best answer to all the biggest problems we face, the very problems our children will inherit. If this makes sense to you and you have 3 minutes to spare, please respond to either/both of these questions:

1. What are the thorniest parenting problems?
managing homework? policing tech use? creating healthy living habits? sharing regular quality time? providing spiritual guidance in a material world?

2. What would the ultimate Mum/Dad achieve? What would they be like?

Thanks for taking the time to read this! Zac

messageRe: Calling all Dads and Mums!
Posted by Jules-and-Boo February 08, 12:56PM

The hardest thing for me was realizing the responsibility of shaping someone's mental health and resilience.
How to respond to situations and how to look after yourself emotionally.

Bullying is particularly difficult for children to deal with and it's important not to just spend time with your children but to use your time together to help them build up ways of dealing with and managing all the challenges that come their way.

messageRe: Calling all Dads and Mums!
Posted by Zacdrumbaker February 08, 01:40PM

Dear Jules and Boo,

Thanks for taking time to respond. Good point regarding what we need to achieve through quality time with our little ones. And yes, I agree it must be the biggest responsibility we have, to lead them towards their own resilience to establish mental well-being. Bullying is such an ever present problem for kids and can have a big effect on self-image into adulthood imo. Emotional intelligence in parents is key and something that most of us have to learn as we travel the long road of parenting. I think personally, I could have benefitted from some guidance in this before mine went off to school. I hadn't really considered how I would respond if/when one of them came home feeling picked on in the playground, naturally it came up a couple of years ago and I was at a bit of loss. Also, I think it is easy for parents to disagree about how best to deal with bullying and then the LO gets mixed messages. We live and learn!

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