I’ve noticed the older my son gets the more I enjoy watching his personality form as he grows into the young man that he is on his way to being. I also spend time correcting some traits that were handed to me that I’ve, in-turn, handed to him. Some, in my opinion, can be particularly detrimental to his independency and leadership abilities. I don’t want to intentionally socially or mentally handicap my child in any way. Nor do I want to force ideas that lead him to believe that he is wrong for simply being him. When I fail at these things, it can lead to me feeling like I’m being a bad parent. I try my best, and when I hear that I’m doing a great job I’m incredibly. I just can’t help wanting to be the best and to provide the best for him.
The truth is, there is no such thing as perfection. I just have to be happy with the fact that I am without a doubt doing my best. All in all it’s about what he thinks of me as a parent and his childhood, and so far he’s still alive! So, I must not be doing that bad!
Through my experience (and devout fears) I have gathered a list of (common? I can’t be the only one….right?) mistakes I have caught myself doing as a parent, and my actions to remedy them:
If you remember this little number that I did on GoldieBlox and this one about voting for them so girls could rush the field at the super bowl…well THEY WON! Did they rush the field? I’m not sure. I wasn’t there. I probably would’ve fallen asleep anyway, because I nearly did at home. However, they did get an ad ran during the big game and here is the extended version.
YOU GO GOLDIEBLOX! That’s one small step for women engineers, one giant step for mankind.
Now go encourage your daughters!
“For the past 100 years, construction toys have inspired our boys to be thinkers, builders, and inventors. Our girls deserve the same…I created GoldieBlox because I believe that every girl is more than just a princess, despite what the pink aisle tells them. In under a year, we’ve grown from a home- made prototype to the shelves of Toys R Us. To survive next to Barbie, we need your help disrupting the pink aisle. Oh, and if we win we’ve got a group of 6 year old girls ready to rush the end zone. In tutus.”
- Debbie Sterling Founder / Chief Officer of Fun
**You can vote once a day!