Anyone who has ever had a child knows parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs there is — but also one of the toughest. The way we raise our children is inevitably a combination of strategies learned from our own families of origin along with those techniques we pick up from books, magazines and Web sites devoted to parenting advice. Our natural instincts go into it along with the social, cultural and religious traditions we are a part of, whether by birth or by choice. What is your approach to raising a child? Is your style your own, or are you carrying on patterns and rituals you learned from your own parents? Chances are, you’re enacting a combination of both — and everything you do regarding your child is filtered through your Sun sign, which has everything to do with how you comfort, nurture, teach and discipline the young person you’re in charge of. Read on to find out more about how your sign takes on the task of rearing a child.
Aries is born to lead, and your child knows this about you from day one. Your home life is fast-paced and energetic. You encourage your child to pursue athletics and other competitive activities, and you’re right there cheering them on, every step of the way. When you feel your child has been treated unfairly, whether by a teacher, a coach, a friend or anyone else, you aren’t afraid to step up and speak your mind to the offender. While this might embarrass your child from time to time, especially as they grow old enough to fight their own battles, they’re sure to appreciate having a parent who is always in their corner. Still, it’s important to work on reining in your temper, especially when it’s directed toward your child — and especially if that child is made of more sensitive stuff than you are. The good news is, as quickly as your temper flares, you forgive, forget and move on. Besides, your strong mind and willpower serve as good examples for your child in learning to grow up to be a courageous, independent adult.