Around every corner there is another expert telling us we are doing something wrong. It doesn’t really matter what we parents do. Some experts will come out and tell us that we screwed up our children by allowing them to sleep in our beds, while other experts will say we screwed up because we didn’t let them sleep in our beds when they came to us in the middle of the night after some nightmare. Some will tell us we screwed up because we let our kids drink milk, and other experts will tell us that we screwed up by not giving our kids milk. Although they may not mean to, these experts are pushing forward the parenting deficit crisis theory in our country and confusing a lot of us parents.

Parenting wasn’t originally designed by our Creator as another means to stress parents out even more. Parenting was created to carry on the human race through the joy of parenting and the joy of being a family. So, what the heck happened to all this parenting joy? Where did it go?

As long as we modern-day parents are loving and nurturing toward our little ones, our kids are most likely going to turn out to be okay. Regardless of what the experts say, and regardless of whether or not we let our kids drink milk, or even if we let them occasionally sip water out of the water hose, they’re still probably going to turn out alright. Hey, we turned out okay, didn’t we? And some of us drank milk, and some of us didn’t, and most of us drank out of a water hose.

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead, and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” Let’s remove that hard-working confused snarl from our faces that has been getting in the way of showing the world how beautiful we really are. Remember, parenting should be a source of joy, not angst. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…

Daniel Blanchard is a New Britain Schoolteacher a bestselling and award-winning author, speake, educator, and TV Host. Learn more about Dan at:

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