During my break from school, I go home and work. While I'm home, I get asked to babysit my nephews practically every single day. I love my nephews, don't get me wrong, but handling 3 little boys under the age of 6 can be tough, as my sister can attest. I don't think I ever realized how difficult parenting can be till I started to babysit my nephews. So from my experience with them and with being in my Family Relations class, I would like to think that I will be able to improve my parenting ability.
When it comes to parenting, one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is saying someone's a "bad" parent. Yes, there are the exceptions to that where the parent really is just not good in any sense, but I like to be optimistic about parenting and think that there's a "good, better, and best" (thanks to Elder Dallin H. Oaks!) way to parent.
Parenting is a learning experience, much like it is for the child. Parents may go with one way of punishment because it's something they read in a parenting book, but later they find that punishment was ineffective with their child, so hopefully they would realize what it is their child needs and find the appropriate punishment. As the children learn about the world around them and test their abilities, the parents do as well.
Becoming a parent is a HUGE deal to me. As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a mother. This opportunity is a blessing. I think so many people throw that away and it's really devastating to see that become some sort of phenomenon in our world.
We have a Heavenly Father who wants us to return to Him and become like Him, and the best way we can do that is through parenting.
Until we meet again:)