The Shadow of Parenthood

“The best thing about not having children is that you can go on believing that you’re a good person.” Fay Weldon.

Children can bring out the worst in us, but also potentially the best. Because of children’s ability to expose our weaknesses, parents are given a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge our faults and attempt to change them. It is important to recognize our own “dark side” so we can refine ourselves. Change is extremely difficult and can even seem impossible – however the love we have for our children (and desire to not screw them up) is one of the best motivators for personal progression. In the short clip below Dr. Peterson helps us recognize our own dark potential in parenting, and how we can use this truth to teach our children.

*His rule, “Don’t allow your children to do anything that makes you dislike them” sounds harsh but there is great truth in it. However, it is important to note that the application of this rule is dependent on the maturity and progression of the parent. If a parent “dislikes” harmless and appropriate behavior in their children then he/she is not ready for its application. Clip 3:48

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