Posted by Louise LeBrun on May 9, 2012 at 10:58 am
Much conversation is occurring in Canada as we strive to put in place a national Mental Health Plan. As much as attention is being given to dealing with the problems as they present, we believe that prevention is a far more effective and compelling exploration… and one that has its roots in parenting. In the world of our children, all of us – parents, teachers, coaches, aunts, uncles, etc. – have the power to shape lives. ’Parenting’ is a process that shapes lives and one that has shaped us all.
Louise’s article Parenting: The Other Gift That Keeps on Giving is appearing in today’s edition of OmPlace/AltWire – Conscious Living and Best Bets From the Alternative Web. Excerpted from her book When the Horse Dies, Get Off… and Stop Dragging It Around!, this topic is often a difficult one for parents to engage. Doing so requires that we reconsider our own experience of having been parented, often surfacing experiences and memories that are painful to recall. And yet, without our willingness to do so, we find ourselves mindlessly repeating the habits of the past as a hope for the future – and we all know, that does not work.
Take a moment and revisit; then ask yourself: “Would I want to be parented by me?”
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