Let's say you have been abruptly drafted to be a softball coach in your town. You've played softball plenty of times, but always informally...just for fun. Now, you're going to have a whole bunch of kids looking to you for authoritative coaching about something you know how to do but have never told anyone else how to do. You have a week before your first practice. What are you going to do with that time?
My guess is that you are going to bone up on softball rules, sports coaching, exercises and drills you can prescribe to help the members of the team do well. You might want to just wing it, but it's more likely that you will want to prepare yourself so that you have some idea of how you're going to approach this.
I know I would.
Parenting is very much like this. A little preparation goes a long way. Sure, you can wing it, and many, many people do. But, the folks who take the time to get prepared (even after they've stepped into the role) feel so much better and so much more equipped. They understand so much more about why their kids do what they do, and they understand so much more about how they can help their kids and themselves through those inevitable rough patches that come up whenever people try to live together.
I've got several classes starting up within the next few weeks, and I hope you'll consider taking one of them. At the end of the class, people tell me that their whole lives have changed (for the better).
There is no reason not to avail yourself of this support.
Visit this page to see all the classes that are starting. There's a class that would fit into the schedule for most everyone on the planet. But, if you don't see one that fits your schedule, contact me so we can try to arrange something that would.