Make Parenting Easier


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December 14, 2011

 

Interview with Dr. Meg Meeker, author of the book The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Being a parent can be difficult but maybe it doesn’t have to be that difficult.

 

Dr. Meg Meeker:
You know we have all the wiring we need to be great mom’s and great dad’s our problem is we’re not listening to our instincts.
 


Dr. Meg Meeker

Dr. Meg Meeker, author of the book The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers, says for one thing parenting is not a competition but many dad’s and mom’s behave like it is.

 

Mothers have got to back out of feeling so competitive with other mothers. It is never health for us to enroll our kids in a certain level of activities because that’s what all the other mothers and doing. It’s one of the worst reasons in the world that we can do things.

 

Parents in previous generations had a different philosophy of parenting.

 

They knew my job as mom or my job as dad is to provide for you, to love you but to give you some free reign to figure out who you’re going to be. But parents have now so enmeshed themselves with their children that they believe that their child’s success defines their worth and value as a parent - that’s where we’ve really missed the mark.

 

And Dr. Meeker has a definite opinion on the idea that we should protect our kids feelings and not keep score in life or in sports.

 

A successful parent teaches a child how to fail well and get off up the ground and go back and try harder the next time. 

 

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