Parenthood! Motherhood! Fatherhood! Parent! Mother! Father! Caregiver! So many WORDS are used to describe this important role and they can mean different things depending on who is saying them. Being a parent doesn’t always carry with it knowing what to do. Most of the time, we do what we know and we know it because it’s how we were parented. Sometimes what we know isn’t the best thing to do. It might not be the wrong thing to do, but there might be a different way to do the things we do with our children that will make life better for them might help them learn better, grow better, think better. We might be scared to be a different type of parent; our friends and family might get angry with us, or talk about us, or give us a hard time. Doing something different takes courage…so as you learn a different way to do something, try not to think about “how will I do this from now on?” Instead, try to do it one hour at a time, and then one morning at a time; one night at a time, one dinner at a time, one bedtime at a time, one school day at a time. And they turn into days, and then weeks and months and years and before you know it, you are doing things differently, and it is all turning out ok! Now don’t you feel better? We will be sharing some different parenting tools that might be something you want to try out! Stay tuned!
Shawn M. Lacy, J.D.
Love to Langa Board Vice President, Shawn Lacy, is a Trauma Competent Trainer for Lakeside Global Institute, where she has the opportunity to share trauma principles, concepts and strategies with professionals and para professionals in various Pennsylvania communities. She comes at this work with a background in child advocacy, child welfare, early childhood education, behavioral health, human resources and leadership and organizational development.