Don’t judge unless you have all the right answers, which you don’t.
We all seem to think we can see what other parents are doing wrong with their kids, but the truth is we are not in their shoes.
Each child is different, each parent is different. Some basic rules apply, yes, however, the truth is we really don’t know what is going on in their home.
We struggle with this more than you will know. Teenage gang rape, leading to pregnancy, drug addiction, prostitution all things I thought would never happen to us. I thought I was going to be a good enough parent to ensure these things DIDN’T happen to us. I was going to be kind, gentle, patient but firm when needed. And I believe was, but that didn’t solve all the problems that arose.
The truth is, you will never be the perfect parent, so stop judging others. Instead start supporting them, offering to be there to help or just be someone they can come and vent to. Allowing someone to let off steam is one of the best things you can do for them and their children as they will then not take it out on the child.
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