University of Florida
Parenting Strategies from Two Different Perspectives
As many of us have experienced, parenting is a special skill that does not come with an instruction book, nor a magic genie that helps us solve the issues we may face during parenthood. As many families know, creating harmony in the household is a challenge that sometimes never ends, however, parenting strategies give families the tools to approach the varied situations family interactions create with solid, efficient skills. Almost every family is faced with the challenges of balancing a career, a romantic partner or spouse, individual needs, finances, and the needs of their children. For this assignment, we were expected to interview two parents from different families who have been parents for at least a period of ten years. The interviewees included a mother from my church and the mother of my closest friend. By interviewing these parents, I learned how they have managed to successfully raise their families while balancing their careers, finances, personal needs, and romantic relationships. By learning of two different perspectives on parenting I was able to predict how my personal parenting strategies would possibly be in the future. In addition, I learned about various parenting skills that I had never thought of before and was able to use the 8 needs and 9 skills to create a new variation of the parenting strategies that I had thought of in the past. We sometimes fail to realize how much we can learn from others and by completing this assignment, I revealed new and more improved approaches of becoming an effective parent while harmonizing the other dynamics of my life.
Projective Hindsight Interview
This assignment required me to consult with two parents from unrelated families who have parented for at least ten years while also being successful at maintaining healthy
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