The Danish Way of Parenting

I posted this on our old Facebook page at the beginning of the year. I could've changed the date, post it here and treat it like a brand-new piece. But I figured that might feel like cheating a bit. So, I decided to post it as it is.

 

Time flies. The date is 14th Jan 2021, which means we are moving on to the third week of the year. What are some changes or improvement plans that you've put in motion to better yourself? How about reading more? That sounds like a good plan. If that's not your cup of tea or coffee, how about listening to podcasts or enrolling in online classes? There are seas of helpful resources out there but also some that are not so. We just need to be stringent to look for the right one.

 

I love reading physical books and just can't get going with eBooks. Maybe I'm old school because I like the tactile feeling of holding a real book. Any of you feel the same? Anyway, let's talk about parenting books. I hope none of us adopts a mind-set that, "that's how my mama brought me up, so that's how I'm going to raise my child". Well, it's always good to have an open mind lest we might miss out on valuable lessons. As you might guess, the latest parenting book I read (as shown in the cover photo) was The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica AlexanderIben Dissing Sandahl. It's a simple and easy reading book that packs with insightful principles. So, what's so different about the Danish way of parenting? Here's a short paragraph where the authors talked about Recognising Our Default Setting in Chapter One - "Sometimes we forget that parenting, like love, is a verb. It takes effort and works to yield positive returns. There is an incredible amount of self-awareness involved in being a good parent. It requires us to look at what we do when we are tired and stressed and stretched to our limit. These actions are called our "default settings"."

 

I'm being reminded that parenting is as much, if not more about being as doing. It makes so much sense because we tend to produce our own kind. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, doesn't it? Maybe I can talk more about this book next time. I highly recommend you get a copy of the book, then we can have a more in-depth discussion. You can find the book at some local major bookstores like Kinokuniya (https://tinyurl.com/y4zj2sch) or Popular (https://tinyurl.com/y2kaqjrs). I got mine from Bookdepository.com (https://tinyurl.com/y5arssv3). You can also find more resources and inspiration from http://thedanishway.com. Are there other parenting books that you've read and would like to recommend? Please feel free to leave the comments below. Cheers!

 

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