Best Parenting Advice: What Does It Mean To Give Children Roots and Wings?
Your child deserves the best from you.
Imagine for a moment that you are about to go skydiving. You know that you are going to be jumping from an aircraft and will free fall before safely landing by parachute. If you didn’t have a parachute to deploy to help you slowly glide to land, skydiving wouldn’t be safe, and you wouldn’t have volunteered to take part in the activity. It is having access to and trust in the parachute that gives the skydiver the confidence to jump from the aircraft.
A child’s secure attachment to their caregiver is like a parachute. The securely attached child has greater confidence to jump into life — to take risks and explore — because they know that their relationship with their caregiver will act as a parachute that will break their free fall and will help guide a safe landing. Without access to a secure relationship, children are less confident about moving out into the world.
To learn more about ‘Roots and Wings Parenting,’ read my article ‘This One Best Parenting Advice for Positive Parenting.’
The key to positive parenting is to provide a secure foundation from which your child can grow and develop. Providing a secure base for your children requires an undeterred parental commitment. It requires you as a parent to be attuned to your child’s needs and take actions in ways that promote safety, security, and trust.
When you find that delicate balance between setting limits and encouraging independence, you are on your way to raising confident, secure, and resilient children. Who, as adults, will succeed in any situation no matter how hard life gets.