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.
Virgo tends to keep a clean and well-organized home, which is an important part of providing a stable foundation for your child. You also work best within a routine, and children also thrive on routine, especially when they’re young. Since your sign tends to focus on health issues, you’re careful to give your child healthful snacks and meals and to make sure they receive all their medical shots and checkups on time. You’re an excellent role model when it comes to clearing away mess, arriving at school, play dates and doctor’s appointments on time, and generally leading an orderly life. Most of all, you consider your role as a parent to be one of service, which you take on selflessly and wholeheartedly. Your parenting challenge is to remember to lighten up sometimes. Raising a child is certainly serious business, but it can also be a lot of fun, if you make an effort not to be too anxious or high-strung about things like cleanliness, safety or following the rules. Expect that bringing up a young person naturally comes with a certain level of mess and chaos. Embracing the disorder — and resisting your urge to nitpick and criticize — will make things much easier on everyone in the family.