There is no manual!

Online, in a book store, through a magazine, in a circle of friends, your mother, your spouse, the news, your spiritual advisor, the lady in the kids fashion store......now listen carefully...

THERE IS NO WAY TO PARENT LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

WHEN YOU THINK YOU ARE RIGHT SOMETHING WILL PROVE YOU WRONG!

You can search all you like for the best advice but you will still feel like you need a vice.

You will judge other parents and they will judge you. You will feel confident and terrified all at the same time.

Just when you think you have it under control and you are able to handle it.....

They (being your spawn) will enter into another stage of growing -physically and psychologically. When one method seems to work at the age of 8 they will reach 10 and prove all theory wrong.
The books and advice will be great for most but not your kid, they seem to be the exception to the rule.

So what is IT that you can do?

Pray...lots .....and have some faith. Lots of blind faith, that although you may not have handled all the tantrums - theirs and yours to the text book quality or standard....that although you might have given in and fed them some 'not so healthy food'...you might have locked yourself in the bathroom for longer than needed or put on their favorite video for the umptenth time to keep them quiet....

They will become (by faith and prayer) amazing adults that will thank you one day (maybe not verbally but you will understand by their actions) They will become beautiful beings that make mistakes but know their manners, miss you when you are apart and call you for silly little things proving that they will always need and want you.

You may have to wait a good 20 years or so but there will be a day that you will find out you were not a total screw up as a parent after all.

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