"Will you catch me if I fall mummy?"
And we do at the very least try! And we do what we can, with the best of what we know as parents to ensure our mini humans grow up to be the best that they can be. But that's such a broad statement and one that has a different meaning for all parents.
Maybe there are more women, more parents like Susie Maguire than we know of? and they too would be as big an inspiration as she is, in my opinion. This thing they call parenting, you know the sleepless nights and the constant worrying that comes with the territory "Am I doing it right?" "Am I following the rules?" "Am I feeding the right foods?" "Am I providing enough stimulation" and heaven forbid we fall into the trap of co-sleeping!... Guilty as charged!
Well forget all that rubbish, I agree with Susie when she says "parent from the heart", what do you feel is right? not what your head tells you but what your heart is telling you.
We learn as we grow into this journey but sometimes I feel as though we have lost the ability to trust our own senses and our own unique ability to cope with whatever life throws at us, but that's just how society and alongside our own previous experiences have groomed us into falling into this discipline.
I travelled South America for 6 months, on my own. Life threw me into some pretty crazy, scary situations. I had a plan, and that plan was to simply let my journey unfold and run with it, whatever that entailed and so I did, much to the despair of friends and family. And it was pretty spectacular, I met some amazing people and witnessed the most breathtaking scenery. It was without a doubt worth every moment, even the crazy scary parts. Would it have been the amazing experience that it was? would I have even booked the ticket? had I not listened and followed my heart.
So I guess what I'm saying is we will never get it 100% right we cannot plan every eventuality in life and that would be pretty boring and non eventful so, let the journey unfold, take a chance and follow what's in your heart. I've made more than a few decisions in my parenting career thus far that have raised more than a few eyebrows. But I stick to those decisions because that's how I parent, from my heart. So, say yes more than no to inspire your children and continuously encourage their natural curiosity of the world.
Susie Maguire who has been a guest speaker on TedTalks came to Twickenham last week and gave a frank discussion about her own journey through parenting. Her struggle to have children to finally falling pregnant to then becoming a single parent who then travelled the world with her son, schooling him along the way both in life and academically another inspiring and thought provoking talk from SpoonFed Talks.