When I was working out of the house part of the job always included analyzing the process to make sure I was doing the job well and there wasn’t an easier or more efficient way to get the job done. Now that I am at home with the boys I haven’t made that part of my new job and I think that is shame. I think I have this feeling that I am making this whole parenting thing up as I go but there is a lot of thought that goes into why and how we do things. Sometimes I feel like that thought stops once the first decision is made, and then that first decision is just repeated as the routine.
With this in mind I have started reading some books on parenting while trying to have an open mind and a critical eye. Those are two difficult things to keep in mind when reading something that advocated doing things differently then currently do. I don’t want to assume that I do everything the best way for my kids, but I also don’t want to change everything on a whim or be swayed by every pseudo expert that gets a book deal. It comes down to asking what kind of kids I want to raise, and am I pointing them in that direction with the way I am doing things? I think by trying to ask that question and answering it truthfully I can go a long way in deciding if how we are doing things is working.
Do you read parenting books? How do you keep and open mind while still reading them with a critical eye?
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