Recently, I received an email from Oprah’s Social Lab Work (http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Social-Lab-Work-Empowering-Children-Through-Conscious-Parenting ) where I was asked to participate in a survey regarding conscious parenting. The first question of the survey was simple, but difficult to answer: “what is your greatest challenge as a parent”. When I saw the question, I started to think about all the challenges and problems (in a next post, I will list all these) that I am facing as parent. I realize that like most parents, I don’t face one challenge, but many, too many sometimes. The question is to identify which one of these challenges is the greatest one.
Children present a variety of challenges depending on their age, temperament, developmental level, learning style and cognitive abilities amongst other things. As in any other relationship, parents themselves also affect the parent-child relationship. Adults can find parenting especially challenging when they are stressed at work, when they are dealing with separation or divorce, or when a child or adult in the family suffers from a mental or physical illness.
So, coming back to the question that Oprah’s people asked me, I can say that at this point in time when my son is only 4 ½ years old, the greatest challenge that I am facing is to find ways to help him develop his self-esteem.