The Long-view: Humane and strong parenting “over the years and through the tears”
Here are two major societal trends:
(1) Expectation of Instant Results:
We have come to expect instant results. Within less than 1 second an internet search can return 2 million results on just about any topic. Diet products promise virtually instant weight loss. In depth news coverage has largely given way to brief “highlights” of the day’s event with flashing text and fancy graphics.
(2) Expectation of Easy Fixes:
We have come to expect easy solutions. Got an ache? Don’t exercise, just take a pill. Want a car? No money down, just sign on the dotted line and drive home today.
So what’s the big problem with these trends? Societal and cultural trends always have (and always will) march on. Well, here’s the issue. The expectations of “instant results” and “easy fixes” are completely unrealistic in parenting. The expectations of “instant results” and “easy fixes” lead to disappointment and frustration, and if you allow your disappointment and frustration to get the better of you, your parenting will become less effective and less satisfying. This is a life-long journey, and to be a “Maximum Strength Parent” it is urgent that you take a long view as you provide humane and strong parenting “over the years and through the tears.”