We’re a full week into the new year and it dawns on me it’s been quite awhile since I’ve come and played with you all at Downstream Parenting. Seems like the perfect time to remind myself… and possibly you… that parenting doesn’t need to be an upstream battle. As long as you relax and remember that you are simply in the midst of an approximately 18 year experiment, being raised by a kid (or kids), and you’ll enjoy it more if you put more emphasis on your sense of humor than anything else.
I’m aware it may be a deal-breaker as there is a high probability I will step on some fairly fundamental beliefs of some of my readers. (should that say ‘potential’ readers? ;-)) Yet it seems only fair that we lay our cards on the table and be upfront early on in our relationship here.
The Truth Matters to Children
What is “downstream” parenting, anyway? It’s a bit like following the path of least resistance… while learning from that resistance. It’s heading in the direction of what you desire. And the biggest challenge to it all is unlearning all of the things we’ve learned… hopefully BEFORE we pass down those faulty lessons to our children.
If you’re like most people you’ve lived some version of this scenario described in The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham):