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.
Since loving, affectionate Libra naturally focuses on harmony in relationships, it’s no wonder that you make such a warm and generous parent. When it comes to giving out hugs, kisses and emotional support, you’re a natural. You’re also an excellent role model in terms of creative self-expression; you’re sure to raise your child to appreciate art, music, style and beauty as much as you do. The same goes for social graces: You’re the parent out on the playground who isn’t shy about chatting up the other moms and dads, and you’re likely to be the one to organize play groups and encourage your child to reach out to other kids at school. You’re also a big believer in good manners, so you’re sure to raise a child who is always welcome in friends’ homes. Your challenge as a parent lies in being firm in setting limits for your little one and enforcing the consequences that come from breaking the rules. Meeting this challenge is all about balancing your urge to indulge your little one with the occasional but very real need for discipline. Rather than avoiding conflict, try to regard it not just as inevitable, but as a teachable moment for both you and your child, and trust in your ability to diminish tension with kindness and love.