THE GREY AREA OF PARENTING

Parenting is Not Easy

I chose this picture for my blog for two weeks while I was waiting for a logo. I chose this picture because I wanted something that would explain where I am coming from and where I want to go with this blog. Parenting is not black and white, instead it’s a gradient of grey where you, as a parent need to make daily decisions that will impact your children in some way. They are often not easy decisions and they are often decisions with no right or wrong answer. We go in blind and hope for the best.

Why did I pick this Picture

This picture was taken on a nature walk with my toddler. It was an ordinary nature walk until my son decided he wanted to collect rocks. I would have brought a bag if I knew we were rock collecting but like everything else in our life, this was an impromptu decision by my toddler. As we were collecting more and more rocks, we quickly ran out of pockets to carry them all. Not satisfied with a pocket full of rocks, my determined toddler went on a mission to find a carrier. To my great surprise, out of the woods he came out with a carrier. More precisely, an empty case of Bud Light.

Character Development vs. Social Acceptability

He was so proud of himself for finding a “bag” for his rocks that he made up a rock carrying song that he sang while he swung his “bag” back and forth in his arms searching for more rocks. How could I tell my son that it was inappropriate for him to carry a case of beer? This is the dilemma that I often face; teaching my son what is socially acceptable verse character development. Is it socially acceptable for my two year old to carry a case of beer? No. Is determination a positive character trait? Yes.

The Grey Area of Parenting

Parenting is a constant battle of teaching our kids right from wrong but ultimately there is a lot of grey area that is up for debate. Did I make the right decision letting my toddler carry a bud light case? I don’t know. What I do know is that my son faced a problem, set a goal for himself and was ultimately able to solve the problem. This shows me ingenuity, creativity and the ultimate lesson in life; you can do anything if you set your mind to it.
I am constantly swimming in that grey area and I know I can’t possibly be the only one. So sit back, enjoy a glass a wine and hopefully laugh while I share some of my adventures in parenting with you.