Emily Slingluff
Parentogethering

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PARENTOGETHERING
meaning:
"Parent and child together on the same side

instead of parent on an opposite side."

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Parenting is a pleasure, not a problem

If the parent works with the child instead of against the child, then parenting is fun and the child is helped.

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Why I write about Parenting

Emily Hunter Slingluff

For many years, I have been writing about parenting, and have three short, easy to read, books available on Amazon, in paperback and kindle. PARENTOGETHERING is a word I recently made up!  To express the parenting philosophy that best helps any child.  It means parent working together with the child instead of on some opposite side. 

How sad it is to hear a parent say to a child, "Why?  Because I said so, that's why and I am your parent, and do what I say or you will be punished! "  There is a much kinder way to treat a child and the child will benefit.  

After all, what does a parent want the child to be?  Someone who is insecure and feels unloved and confused about life, or someone who is happy with life?  Happy is a very big word.  Happiness is mental health.  Think about it!

Why am I spending so much time thinking about, talking about, and writing about parenting? Maybe it is just to clarify it for myself. Or maybe, also, it is because, after my marriage I had three miscarriages and then thought I would never be able to have a child. I spent at least a year, crying, sobbing, and watching parents with their children. I stopped crying, but have never stopped studying parenting.

During that sad year when I thought I might never have a child, I would hear a mother complain because her baby had kept her awake the previous night. When I would  hear such a comment, it would feel like a knife was being stuck in my heart. It was terrible. I would hear parents complain about their teenagers. I would see parents in stores being mean to their little children. It was awful. I wanted those children that other parents were complaining about. So did my husband. It was a time when I could not help watching how parents treated their children and how their children treated them back. That was predictable, I realized.

I saw parents being unkind to their children and think maybe the parents were not even considering that, instead, they could be kind to those little children who were so ready to learn whatever that parent would teach them.

There is another reason that I have kept thinking so much about parenting. It is surely at the top of the list. When a mass murder takes place, when a single murder takes place, when a business man is dishonest, when a teenager becomes hooked on drugs, when a child in elementary school is mean to other children, and so forth, on and on the list could go ... and many wonder what is wrong with people, what can we do ... I think ... what we can do is not a mystery... the answer is parenting. In my books I write about the one word for a parent to remember that will make a difference.

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