My oldest daughter is thirty. That is a lot of years of parenting, but I feel like I am just learning how to do it well. No matter how long you’ve been parenting, it will never be smooth sailing. There will always be some challenges, especially when you have multiple children. There is no perfect parenting strategy and we all make mistakes. If you’ve fallen short, it doesn’t mean you’re out of the running in being a good parent. Here are the toughest parenting issues for me.
Spending Time With Each Child
I have nine children and spending a good amount of time with each of them can be a challenge. It’s important to be intentional in spending a quality amount of time with each one and learning their hot button issues. It takes thoughtfulness and active listening.
Finding Balance Between Home and Work
This is something that has always been difficult. You have to earn income and support your family. However, when you realize that the time you spend at home is the most important thing it has an impact on how you approach that time. The main thing I focus on is being present and available to my family as much as possible when I am off of work. It can be easy to let the mind wander to other pressing responsibilities. I always concentrate on blocking everything else out when I am with my family.