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.
As with most things in life, Gemini approaches parenting from an intellectual standpoint. Before you have a child, you’ll prepare yourself by reading all about pregnancy, birth and parenting. Once you have a child, you’ll be the one chatting with all the other moms and dads at the park, trading hilarious kid stories and ideas for new strategies to try at home. Your home life is filled with talk and laughter as well; you’ll bring up your child to appreciate the written and spoken word, exposing them early to the pleasures of bedtime stories, funny movies, libraries and bookstores, and more. The emotional side of parenting may be a bit more challenging for you, since you tend to intellectualize your own feelings. You might attempt to do the same with your child, even if, in reality, all they want is to be heard and understood (and, of course, hugged). Still, you aren’t one to keep trying the same old approach when it’s clear it isn’t working. With your keen mind, you’re sure to try out new approaches to problems as they crop up, and figure out what works best with your little one.