Singapore is hosting a parenting congress, where the key theme is how to bond with your teenager. Parenting is a serious matter, I get that. However, seeing my friends read books on how to be a good parent and then this ‘congress’, makes me wonder if it is a little over-the-top.
As far as I can tell, my parents did not do much preparation before having us kids. Discipline was strict and there was only one way – their way or the highway. I’m sure my parents have some regrets over the way they brought us up; I know I have some regrets about my childhood. Having spent much time analysing my childhood, each time the same conclusion is reached – whether good or bad, my parents did their best as they knew how to. It has made it easier to forgive and move on. If or when I’m a parent I’m sure that is what I’ll do as well – my best.
All things considered, I think we turned out alright.