This is a topic I have a lot of experience with on both sides of the coin. My son struggled socially for the first part of his short, 9-year childhood. Since then he has been a social butterfly. The contrast has been striking. There was a time when my s ...
Are you a kid? I know someone of you will answer, “yes, at heart”. But, if you’re reading this blog you’re more likely a parent than a kid. And when it comes to playdates, there’s an important distinction.
During your adult life, whether it be in high-school, college, your career, or even your marriage. Your peer group are the people that you interact with most and these are the people you become friends with. Of course, you’ll have bosses, teachers, professors, and other people who exert a certain level of authority over you. But, the dynamics of those relationships are different than those with your peers.
Are you a parent of a young child? Do you also work? If so, you know how hard it is to split your time between your career and your family. Personal time? Forget about it. That’s a luxury for people without kids.
Being a parent means doing the best you can to raise a healthy, well-rounded, independent human being. In order to do that you need to expose your children to the experiences that can positively contribute to that purpose. Just as importantly, we have to be engaged enough to mentor and guide our children as they take-in and process new experiences and information. It’s a full-time job.
If you’re like me, and you work, it’s just too much to do alone. We all need a little support and it’s okay to ask for help when we need it. But sometimes even asking for help is a chore. I’m fortunate enough to have a nanny and wife that share responsibilities with me. My wife also has a very demanding career and so we lean heavily on our nanny for support. The three of us are a team. A team coordinating schedules, raising concerns, planning activities, running errands, and mentoring our son. If our families lived nearby, we’d lean on them in a similar way.