This post was published on 12 December, 2018

From the time that these angels (or rascals for some) are born, they become your sole responsibility. This means that every decision you make on their behalf will impact the rest of their lives forever. Jeez – talk about pressure! Did I teach them the right values? Did I choose the right schools? Did I discipline them the right way? All these questions must run through your mind at some point.

Now, as schools draw to a closing and report cards are handed out, along with seeing how their kids performed academically this year, many parents will also be using these results to evaluate their own performance as supportive parents. Did I encourage my child enough? Was I active enough? Did I play my part to help enable the best outcome for my child? These are another few of the many questions that parents ask themselves. There are many other scenarios that run through a mother’s or father’s mind on a daily basis. This is a good thing though – this shows that you are a loving parent who cares about the life and future of your child or children.

This festive season, when you reward your children for their achievements, when you enjoy the festive season with them. This holiday time, when you see the smiles on their faces and the perfect childlike innocence in their eyes, give yourself a break and give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. You made it through another year. You clothed them, fed them, kept the house running and kept your sanity in check (hopefully). The only thing that you can ever do is your best – so keep on doing it.

We wish you and your family a happy festive season. Let the child in you make the best of the time you will spend with them.

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