As any attentive student or teacher knows, questions help us learn, grow, consider, reconsider, examine, and wonder. As a parent, I notice that we often either believe we already know the answers, or act as if we know them. What I think is actually true, however, is that we frequently don’t know the answers or don’t even know that we don’t know. I also think that when we do periodically stop to examine our parenting path and the choices we’re making, asking the deeper questions will help lead us out of confusion and into the light.

As a parent coach, one of my main practices is to ask questions (nope, I don’t actually provide the answers) and support families to discover the answers and truths that resonate with them. So, to keep my mind sharp and encourage you to ask the deep questions about life as a parent, I’m beginning a new series — the question of the day (or QOTD for short).

Periodically I’ll post a parenting-themed question for you to ponder. I hope each one will at least give you pause, and that some will get your own mind and heart reeling to find your own answers. I welcome you to share your answers in the comments section or to join into conversation around any question that gets your attention. On a regular basis I’ll write in detail on one of the QOTDs. If you find a particular question useful, provocative, thought-provoking, or powerful, please share them on facebook or “like” the post. And, if you have a question you’d like to share with other parents, please send it to me via the contact form.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me. May the questions open us each up to a new way of seeing and “knowing” about this adventure that is the life of a parent!