Becoming a parent is a big challenge for anyone and although mostly rewarding, parenting can be difficult and demanding. Even though you may think about and manage your child with love and affection, you may still feel unsure of yourself and question your parenting skills.
People are just too different so there really is no one best way to bring up children. However, everyone loves to be praised and loved so if we give our children encouragement and love and define and reinforce clear boundaries in respect of acceptable behaviour, they will grow up emotionally healthy and happy. In the words of Fred Rogers;
When we choose to be parents,
we accept another human being as part of ourselves,
and a large part of our emotional selves
will stay with that person as long as we live.
From that time on,
there will be another person on this earth whose orbit around us
will affect us as surely as the moon affects the tides,
and affect us in some ways more deeply than anyone else can.
Our children are extensions of ourselves.