There is a fine line between standing on your own two feet, and standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before you. This is an issue that every child has to face – and oddly enough that includes us who are currently parents!

Do you parent the way your parents parented?

Have you thought about why you do what you do?

Peter and I respect both our parents for the ‘job’ they did as our parents – we involve them in our lives as counsellors, mentors and friends. As parents ourselves we have done some things much like they did, and we have done some things vastly different. We have been thankful for the heritage they gave us, and yet we have felt the need to forge our own trail – and our kids, they will do the same when they become parents (I hope!)

Copying what our parents did just because they did it is sort of like the old quip: If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?

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