Parenting in the Now

November 29, 2016

Editor’s note: This is the first of a series by Sister Samira Rizvi, a mother currently residing with her family in Qom, Iran. She is an experienced journalist and shares her musings about parenthood and Islam on her personal blog. Too often as parents we fall in the trap of parenting with “power.” Because, on the surface, parenting really does mean that. We are in charge of these little beings and because we know what to do, we exert that ‘power,’ which almost often leads to failure. You heard correctly. Failure. And as a parent, there is no room for failure. (I mean this in the figurative sense.) We should always strive to be the best parents. Unless we really don’t care where our kids end up. Parenting in the now means that when you are watching your 2-year-old writhe and scream all over the floor of a store, instead of pulling your hair out, you coolly and calmly take charge of the situation unfolding. How do you do that? Because we have all been there, and it isn’t pretty. Or if we haven’t been there, we will be there soon. Trust me. Smart parents know that this little child...

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