SINGAPORE — Let’s face it… life is an adventure. Regardless of age, there’s always something new to explore, experience, and experiment, and it’s ultimately up to each of us as to how comfortable and confident we are in willing to try something new. As an adult or even teenager, we have a good foundation as to how “game” we are to assume the risks and repercussions. However, the same cannot be said for a baby just coming into their own, and essentially everything in the beginning can be classified as an adventure for them. As parents, we are all unique and possess our own respective attitudes and opinions towards how much is “too much” when it comes to pushing the little ones.
SINGAPORE — Recently, I came across this book How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results by Esther Wojcicki, and the values and points that Esther has shared in raising her three happy and accomplished daughters really resonated with me.
Singapore — When it comes to raising our children, we channel many different factors as to how we would like to approach it. First and foremost, there is no right or wrong, and this is certainly a vast topic to tackle.
Raising a child ain’t child’s play. There are no instruction manuals. We don’t require any sort of license or certification to attain the responsibility for the welfare of another human being. And a helpless one for that matter. The financial demand that comes with caring for a child will vary greatly but in general, a parent will make every effort (and sacrifice) to give their children the very best.
Since I have become the proud owner two “tweenagers,” I have learned how contrast the landscape has changed when it comes to dealing with children as they sprout up.
For anyone who has ever traveled with infants and toddlers, he or she knows that it’s a completely different experience than the good ole “pre-baby” days. The notion of “traveling light” goes out of the airlock door, and it’s simply a matter of how many things you can stuff into your allocated luggage for children in the event ANYTHING happens.
As I sit here deliberating over which parenting topic to share this time, I cannot help but constantly ask myself whether the father’s role today has changed? Furthermore, has this shift in expectations and responsibilities played a part in shaping the sort of father I aspire to become? With that in mind, now seems like an opportune time to reflect on my own childhood experiences and the resulting perception of parenting responsibilities forged from them.