Welcome to Guiding children!
“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way, show them all the beauty they possess inside, give them a sense of pride…” the beginning of a beautiful song with an important message.
I wish for a world where every child is born welcome, out of choice. Where it’s greeted with unconditional love and well cared for, according to its own needs.
We all want to be the best possible guides for our children. This is the most important task of our lives. It’s just hard to know how to do it. This site is supposed to be of some assistance.
I know there are many roads that lead to Rome, and many more leading to other places that could be just as nice. We need to be humble and respectful to our task as parents and guides to Life.
I believe in mutual respect, responsiveness and to strive for mutual understanding when raising and educating our children. And lots and lots of love! Yes, we need to teach our children the rules of the world as we know it. They need supportive mentoring. They need boundaries before they have developed common sense. But we can, and should, provide it gently. Here’s where the understanding, respect and patience pops in.
I’ve spent a lot of time and energy digging into theories about childrens development, their needs and how to meet them. Especially since I got pregnant with my first child. I’ve sometimes felt there was a gap between the nice-looking theories, and the messy kind of everydaylife struggles. With this site I hope to build some bridges between theory and practice, to bring some useful advice along for everyday-life.
Along the road of parenting I’ve asked a lot of friends, grandmothers and professionals (kinder-garden teachers, school teachers, doctors and nurses) for advice, and got so many thoughtful, experienced answers that I feel a need to spread the word. The real-life advice that we sometimes need, but the books don’t provide.
There are lots of ways to motivate and discipline children without violating them, and for those who want inspiration, I will provide some friendly advice.
This site is a kind of idealized response to the question How to raise your children? Noone is perfect, and I for one often wish I was an even better mom. But I do know what to strive for, and this is it.
Behind this site is me, a part-time-working mother-of-two, with a bachelors degree in behavioral sciences and social work.
Social security and flexible education are matters of the heart to me, apart from, you know, equal rights, the environment and world peace.
I hope to influence parents all over the world to shape the future generation with love, care and respect, so that they can grow up to be great friends, co-workers, life-partners or just fellow humans – because they share the world with us, and they are the future.
Oh, another thing:
English is my second language, so I hope for your understanding if the grammar is not always what it should be.