• Lindsay Loring

Accidental Parenting

Are you guilty of it?? 🤔 I think we all are. - As parents, our instincts are to keep our offspring as safe and secure as possible at all times. When they cry, we are there in a heartbeat. Duh. - I had a conversation with a client last night, and to be honest, it’s not the first time I’ve had this same dialogue. - 💭 Mom said, “I hadn’t realized it before, but maybe I’m the one interfering with her sleep?” 💡 - Our maternal instincts are just that. They teach us to respond, and to respond NOW. They teach us not to let our child make a mistake or to fail. We naturally want to keep them under our wing, never to be hurt or upset. - But, if you sit down and really think about it, what are we teaching them? That the world is a scary place, and they will never be able to confront it or overcome their fears? - I truly feel that I lacked many things as a young adult due to accidental parenting. I was very sheltered as a child, and my every whine and need was instantly fixed for me. But as I grew up, I had no idea how to handle adult situations, extinguish my fears or be assertive. - Sleep is no different! What if we took a moment, a couple breathes, to see if our babies and children can overcome that tough moment? They are tired, and in the end that’s all they want... to go to sleep or return to sleep. - The next time your little one is having a tough moment, take a step back and see if they can do it on their own. You both might learn something really important 💛


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