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 one of the most charismatic signs of the Zodiac, it’s only natural that Leo makes such a captivating parent. Your adoring child sees you as the family’s warm, bright, fascinating center and looks to you for both guidance and entertainment. Leo is quite a loyal and family-oriented sign, so parenting probably comes somewhat naturally to you. You love helping your child develop their creativity; your home life is noisy, fun and expressive, likely featuring regular performances of music, dance or playacting. Being quite dramatic in your emotions and self-expression, you teach your child to be the same way, and your family is no stranger to either tears or laughter. You’re quite demonstrative in expressing your love and devotion, showering your little one with plenty of hugs and kisses along with toys, clothes and other gifts. One of your challenges as a parent is knowing when to tone down the drama — such as when you’d like nothing better than to put your child’s teacher in their place, or to let your little one have it when they’ve acted out or broken a rule. Another challenge is sharing the spotlight with your child. This can be difficult, but in the end, you see them as a star, more than deserving of their time in the sun.