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.
Cancer is one of the most nurturing signs of the Zodiac. You have strong instincts about how to raise a child, and you connect with your little one in a deeply emotional and intuitive way. Food and family traditions play a big part in your home life; you enjoy teaching your child about long-standing family rituals, especially those that revolve around the dining table. You’re also quite protective of your child and are willing to work hard to provide the stable, secure home life they deserve. Ironically, your challenge as a parent also lies in how deeply feeling you can be. Sometimes it can be tough to keep your perspective when your child acts out, flouting the rules or limits you’ve set for them. When problems inevitably develop, you have a tendency to fret and ruminate over them rather than simply talking them through in a calm and open manner. If you’re like many Cancers, you can also be somewhat moody, but as a parent, it’s important to stay on an even keel so your child knows what to expect. Still, this shouldn’t be too difficult, since you always put your child’s best interests first.