How do I strike a balance between my role as a parent and a leader in my home?
The home is a place where we expect the highest level of love, acceptance and understanding. We see it as a duty the other party is supposed to do; it’s not a favor we are demanding. So giving and receiving love, acceptance and understanding is almost synonymous to home life.
However, parents at the same time are expected to place themselves in a leadership role with all it entails. This could become really tricky if not well-handled. This can actually get out of hand if both parties misunderstand the role they are supposed to play. This could have very unpredictable consequences.
Based on my own experiences as a child growing up in a home, and as now a parent entrusted with the responsibility of leading my home, I will share some of the things I have learned so far.
- Love with discipline
- Discipline with love
- Talk less and do more
- Explain less, demonstrate more
- Preach less, practice more
- Don’t cry too often before your kids
- Go for a walk when you feel like raising a fist
- Don’t let your bleeding heart be seen on your face
- Be real without being too vulnerable
- Plan for pleasant surprises; don’t let the unpleasant ones become the order.
I wish a happy home to you all. Home sweet home!