Whether we like it or not, our children do not come with an instruction manual. As parents, we spend a lot of time worrying about whether we are doing the best for our kids and family.
Oddly enough, it seems that self-development may actually be our best bet. Modern psychology suggests that children tend to model their parents’ behavior so understanding yourself is best way to improve your parenting style. Simply put, if you want your children to lead happy, fulfilling, productive lives, you must lead by example.
Astrology can be a powerful tool for improving our parenting skills, since it helps us grow in self-awareness. Here are some useful parenting tips for each Sun sign.
The Aries Parent: (Aries Dates: March 20th – April 19th)
Aries is fiery, self-confident and hands-down the leader of the zodiac. Your willpower and assertive personality will inspire your child to dare to act on their dreams. Enthusiastic as you are, you just need to be careful not to impose your own ambitions on them, as children may need to try a million different things until they find what truly drives them.
Remember that not everyone is as fast as you are. Depending on your child’s zodiac sign, you may need to learn some patience. Taking things slower may improve family dynamics. After all, life is a long-distance race, not a sprint.
The Taurus Parent: (Taurus Dates: April 20th – May 20th)
Taurus people are very committed parents. The patience and affection they show in everyday life easily transfers into their parenting style too, making for a very understanding parent-child relationship. Your child will learn from you to appreciate everyday pleasures, from choosing the best snacks to developing self-care habits.
When it comes to parenthood, your weak point is —yes, you guessed it— your stubbornness. Stability and respect for tradition are key traits for a Taurus, but your kids are growing up in a world which is in a state of constant flux. Depending on your child’s zodiac sign, being flexible now may well be important in creating future stability. Keep a long-term perspective when taking care of your family. Your Sun sign has all the skills needed to invest in your child’s future wellbeing.
The Gemini Parent: (Gemini Dates: May 21st – June 20th)
Gemini’s curious, communicative and social nature makes them the perfect companion for the toddler who is starting to interact with the outside world and is constantly asking questions. You are likely to instill a lifelong love for learning in your child, as they will be amazed at your endless knowledge. Playful and light-hearted, you could easily be your child’s best friend. However, parenting isn’t all fun and games. Sometimes, you need to be strict and set limits. Playing the authoritarian role doesn’t come naturally to your star sign, but your parental skills will grow along with your child. Chat to other parents and family members to learn what has worked for others. If you approach parenting as a skill just like any other, you’ll soon figure it out.
The Cancer Parent: (Cancer Dates: June 21st – July 21st)
Parenting comes naturally to the official Moms and Dads of the zodiac. Cancers are warm, loving and sensitive, and that’s why your loved ones feel safe and at ease when they are next to you. Your astrological makeup blesses you with instinctive nurturing and protective traits, so you find it easy to anticipate and respond to the needs of your family.
However, this could be a double-edged sword. As your children grow older, you will need to give them the freedom and space to become independent adults. It breaks your heart to watch them go, but you are willing to do whatever it takes for your family. Even as adults, you can be sure that your children will come to you when they need you, because they know you will always be there for them.
The Leo Parent: (Leo Dates: July 22nd – August 22nd)
The astrological personality of a Leo parent is not unlike that of a child: Leos are an energetic, playful and creative zodiac sign. For you, parenting is the ultimate game and your children love spending time with you because they learn about the world by playing and having fun.
If you need a piece of advice, keep in mind that not every child is an extrovert. It can be difficult for you to understand why your children would not want to be the center of attention, but if one of your children is more reserved than you, you must respect that. Ultimately, what really makes a child shine is to be able to be their most authentic self. And you are all for authenticity!
The Virgo Parent: (Virgo Dates: August 23rd – September 22nd)
When it comes to parenting, Virgo is a very conscientious zodiac sign. Intelligent and pragmatic, you are very aware of the power of healthy routines, and you will teach your children some very valuable time and space management skills.
Your challenge as a Virgo parent is to not be too critical. You are a perfectionist; your child, maybe not so much. While keeping a well-ordered life feels natural and easy to you, it doesn’t necessarily come naturally to your little one. Be sure to praise your child’s accomplishments and show compassion when they fail, as that will keep them encouraged. Your relationship with your children is based on respect, so you can find ways to motivate your kids without becoming nagging or overbearing.
The Libra Parent: (Libra Dates: September 23rd – October 22nd)
Libra people are famously likeable and as a parent, your easy-going relationship with your children is certainly an asset. Your astrological traits include politeness and respect, and you will pass these values to your family too. You are a great listener, and that makes your child feel understood and loved.
The tough part about parenting for you will be dealing with the inevitable conflict that comes with growing up, especially during the teenage years. It feels awkward, but it is natural and healthy for teenagers to confront their parents. Use your natural poise and model how to remain calm and reasonable even in the most difficult situations. If anyone can do this, you can!
The Scorpio Parent: (Scorpio Dates: October 23rd – November 21st)
Scorpio is a resourceful and insightful zodiac sign, if a little intense. Due to your innate understanding of human psychology, you know your children almost better than they know themselves. They are absolutely unable to get away with lies when you are around — they actually wonder if you might be secretly working for the FBI.
Your challenge with parenting is letting go of control. You want to prevent your child from making the same mistakes you made, but children only learn by making their own mistakes. Don’t worry; you survived your childhood and so will they. You excel both at handling crises and keeping secrets, so family members know they can trust you implicitly, even when the going gets tough. If you share your own experiences with your family, offering unconditional support, you can be sure they will always count on you.
The Sagittarius Parent (Sagittarius Dates: November 22nd – December 20th)
Sagittarius is kind, spirited, joyful and always up for fun. Because of your traits, you are the most likely of the zodiac signs to be labeled as the "cool parent."
Which is, well, cool - as long as you do not overlook your obligations towards your little ones. You can be a little reckless and impatient at times, but your relationship with your kids will thrive if you model more responsible behavior. Teach them too that often, it is worth sacrificing short-term pleasure for long-term satisfaction, like cooking a healthy meal instead of ordering pizza.
You will certainly find a way to turn the boring tasks into yet another adventure. After all, it’s all a matter of attitude, and you just happen to have the best one!
The Capricorn Parent: (Capricorn Dates: December 21st – January 19th)
Capricorn has a reputation for being the most serious of the zodiac signs, and this is for a good reason. You know that time is the most expensive thing on earth, and you refuse to waste it. You have a very strong sense of responsibility, duty and pragmatism, but when your children are young, you may come across as boring and limiting.
With this in mind, give yourself permission every now and then to just play and be random with your children. Bend your own rules occasionally and allow the family to be spontaneous. You’re doing a good job, so put self-doubt to one side. Your adult children will be forever grateful for the self-discipline and self-respect you taught them.
The Aquarius Parent: (Aquarius Dates: January 20th – February 17th)
Those born under the zodiac sign of Aquarius are witty, independent and original. You are not conventional in anything you do, and parenting will be no exception: you don’t follow standard parenting rules, and why should you? As teens, your kids will probably love how much freedom you give them, but as small children, they may need more boundaries than you are willing to provide. Make the effort to show as much physical affection as possible; combining hugs and kisses with innovative education, your baby could grow up to be an adult genius – at the very least, they’ll grow up proud of their individuality.
The Pisces Parent (Pisces Dates: February 18th – March 19th)
Pisces is a sensitive, dreamy and loving parent. Your love for music, art and fantasy creates a magic atmosphere for those around you. Because of your devoted personality, you tend to sacrifice yourself for your children. Therefore, if you feel like your infinite love is not being reciprocated, you can get very upset.
Be careful not to make your children feel responsible for your happiness. You are blessed with huge reserves of compassion, so any family problems will always be sensitively handled. Your kids may not thank you for being so devoted to them when they are young, especially if they think you’re over-protective, but as adults they will always remember the absolute love which surrounded them.