I was up till about 4am this morning, searching online for parenting resources. The problem is that all the resources are either for families that are court ordered to take parenting classes or have children already in the state systems. We are not in the system and honestly I don't want to be.
I am a good parent. I pay attention. I listen. I am active at their schools and with the ones that are homeschooled we do stuff all the time. I stick up for them and support them in whatever it is they are doing. I read with them and to them. They all have rules and standards. Sometimes it isn't about the environment, and it is not lack of involved parents, it is about the child. So what are the parents supposed to do, keep worrying all night that their child is just destined for possible trouble? That is not good enough for me. I don't think it is fair that there is help for children and their families when it is too late. I think more needs to be available to avoid it before it goes too far.
What about the parents trying to be preventative? Where are the groups of moms and dads trying to brainstorm ideas to keep their kids out of trouble? Why aren't there groups for parents that don't want to be in the system?
I am not an expert. I am not licensed to give out parenting advice. I am just a mom though, a mom of 5, and 1 that has me on this constant search for answers. Honestly I have no idea how to start to gather resources and people for this new journey I am considering but I do need to do something. I am thinking I need to start something for parents like myself....I am sure they are out there.