Finding the Happy Medium in Parenting July 7, 2019 working together for a common goal waitressing our table unconditional counseling taking the time to really listen It seems like it is getting harder and harder to find the happy medium in parenting styles. Can we, as parents, find that “sweet spot” that will produce happy and self-suffient children. Here are some ways to finding the happy medium in parenting, from the article How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting. Have your children set their own goals and schedules. We need to let them succeed on their own terms. In addition, we also need to let them fail on those terms as well. We all want our children to be happy but many of us are going about it the wrong way. Therefore, we should be working on raising ethical, principled and productive children. Happiness hopefully will follow. Love them unconditionally! Schooling is important but not the most important thing. Chores are essential for all children! They should chip in without being asked. We all have things we have to do even if we don’t want to. Remember, whistle will you work. By helping our child learn that we have a choice in how we approach these task, we can teach them that we can find the fun in all most anything. All the little things matter…. Read to your children. Put your phone down and away when they are talking to you. Greet them with excitement when they return home from school. Please follow the link above to four wonderful Ted Talks that go further into detail on each of these bullet points. To Sum up, we have such a hard job as parents finding the perfect balance between not being over protective and being too lenient. Either way, we can only keep on trying to improve how we handle all that is thrown our way. Let’s hope we can all find that happy medium in our parenting style. Camp Marimeta incorporates all of these points into our daily camp life. Campers are responsible for setting up their own activity schedule. Embracing the Marimeta morals is a must. Teaching tolerance of everyones differences is an on going project. All campers have assigned chores on a daily basis for the betterment of the cabin. In addition, they also have to waitress for their table once a week. Stopping and asking how was your day and waiting for their response is something the lodgies do daily. .