September can be a rocky time for families. No matter how well we try to prepare for the school year, re-entry is always tricky. There are all of those beginning-of-the-year meetings and get-togethers, and everyone is adjusting to new environments, schedules and routines. Come January all of this will seem like old hat, and we'll be able to walk through the weekly schedule in our sleep (not literally, although I've come close!). But for now we stumble along, wondering when we'll begin to hit our stride.
So what does it mean to hit your stride as a parent? What does that even feel like, one might ask?
We've been giving that question some thought during this bumpy back-to-school period, and here is what we're aspiring to:
You have hit your stride as parent when:
And the best thing about hitting your stride after a rough patch? If you stumble (and you will, you're a parent), you've learned how to get right back up again.
Most parents have big dreams for their kids. We dream about them before they are even conceived, and those dreams just keep getting bigger as they do. As much as we may tell ourselves to step back, let go of expectations and accept our kids for... read more
A lot of dreams go into parenting. There are dreams about our kids and what they may become, of course. But there are also dreams about ourselves as parents. Whatever the reality of the day to day, most of us harbor a vision of ideal parentin... read more