Regardless of our parenting “styles”, parents can all agree that we want our children to be “happy”… but is this too lofty and abstract a goal for parents? Is this vague goal at the root of anxiety, self-doubt and criticism among parents of all persuasions? Is this what fuels the sales of millions of best-selling parenting books? My sister (the proudest Auntie in the whole world) just shared this inspiring Ted talk with me. Maybe we need to cut ourselves some slack and, like the speaker, simply promise to try our best not to hurt our kids (parenting via The Hippocratic Oath) and focus on the basics instead of making ourselves entirely responsible for their happiness and self-esteem.
Ted Talk on Parenting Angst