What kind of parent is Capricorn?
The Capricorn mom’s strong work ethic keeps everything stable.
What is a Capricorn mom or dad like?
The Capricorn parent is the rock to your family’s roll, the force that holds everything together through thick and thin. As the zodiac’s provider sign, you’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that your family has financial security and a roof over their heads. It was Capricorn Donna Summer who sang “She Works Hard for the Money,” and that’s certainly true for you. With your solid work ethic, you might even be the family breadwinner.
Are Capricorns good parents?
Capricorn rules the zodiac’s tenth house of ambition and traditions, giving you ease with setting rules and upholding structure. You’re not afraid to say “no” because you understand that you’re teaching kids necessary lessons for the long haul. Your sign is symbolized by the mountain goat, slowly and steadily making its rocky uphill climb. A master strategist, you’re always thinking ten steps ahead. As a result, your children will be set up for success in the long haul.
Capricorn David Bowie was a great example of a “take your kids to work” parent. Bowie’s son Duncan has recalled his father giving him an 8mm camera at age seven, then teaching him, “in a lovely way, the basics of making a movie, like how to do storyboards, write a script, do the lighting.” While accompanying Bowie on tour, Duncan would make animated shorts with his Star Wars figures. No matter how much you earn, you’ll bust your butt to make sure your kids have the best of everything, from clothes to education. In the best cases, you’ll pass on your hardworking ways to them, so they can provide for themselves (and their own families) in their adulthood.
Traits of a Capricorn mom or dad
The dutiful Capricorn parent has rock-solid values.
Capricorn is a traditional sign with a strong sense of duty and history. Family trees, ancestry—you’re fascinated by exploring your lineage. J.R.R. Tolkien, who created the elaborate Lord of the Rings trilogy, was a Capricorn. You like to carry on family conventions and pass down strong roots to your clan. Should you have claim to impressive stock—your ancestors were high priests, you’re a descendant of African royalty, there’s a Scottish family crest—you’ll proudly emphasize this.
Even if you diverge in politics, religious beliefs or lifestyles from your relatives, you’ll create your own set of traditions that will become much-anticipated regular events. In most cases, Capricorns maintain a dutiful closeness to their own parents, supporting them until their last breath. In fact, your greatest fear might be disappointing your folks, and you’ll try hard to leave a legacy that would make your ancestors proud. You’ll be sure your children have a healthy respect for their elders, and understand right from wrong.
Capricorn parenting challenges
The Capricorn parent can be too serious at times.
You carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, but do you have to? No, Capricorn. Parenthood gives you plenty to worry about, but it can also teach you to lighten up. While you can’t shed your dutiful nature, you don’t have to sweat the small stuff either. At a certain point, the “sighing saint” or martyr parent routine can be a real downer for your kids. It can also give them the sense that life is difficult, teaching them to expect a struggle and even damaging their confidence. Remember, you’re their role model. Your kids need to see that you’re happy, not worried or gloomy all the time.
Your excessive sternness can also go overboard. While you may have high standards, remember that rules exist as helpful guidelines, not to instill fear or control. The world won’t end if your kids get a bad grade, make a mistake, or eat something that isn’t gluten-free.
Dutch model and devoted Capricorn supermom Yolanda Hadid shepherded all three of her stunningly gorgeous kids to international, A-list runways. But early footage from her appearances on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reveal the grit and determination Yolanda threw into this mission. Her unwavering Capricorn perseverance played as much of a hand in the success story as the otherworldly beauty of Taurus Gigi and Libra Bella. The Hadid’s are enviably close-knit, but there’s no shortage of hustle among them!
It’s beautiful that you want your kids to be the best. But use your Capricorn wisdom to help them learn from their failures, and don’t overreact or blame yourself if they take a different path. While some Caps are big kissers and huggers, others aren’t so touchy-feely. If you’re awkward with affection, don’t worry—better to give your kids a one-armed hug than no hug at all. You don’t have to be BFFs—at least, not if it undermines your authority. But too much “steel magnolia” and you risk turning your kids to ice. Remember, you’re still their parent!
The Capricorn parent can be obsessed with status
Your kids have been accepted into an elite private school, cool their heels at a members-only social club and have a list of accomplishments that make Nobel Prize winners look like slackers. Great, Capricorn. But underneath all the trappings, is your family happy? At times, you can lose sight of this on your quest to climb the social ladder. Your Architectural Digest home might be well-appointed, but it probably ain’t childproof…or very much fun. It’s fine if you’ve got first-class taste, but be careful not to impose your over-the-top standards onto your children.
Capricorn is a structured sign, but rigid overscheduling can steal the spontaneity from your family’s life. Make sure your kids get to have a childhood, and don’t book them in every possible after-school program. Breathe. They’ll get into college, and they’ll turn out okay. What’s underneath all this angst? You tend to be uber-hard on yourself. When you start freaking out about your four-year-old’s kindergarten applications, give yourself a reality check. Chances are, you’re comparing yourself to other parents, and trying to outdo them. Parenthood is a journey, not a competition, so easy does it with striving. As the saying goes, it’s lonely at the top—especially for parents. Relax a little and you’ll find a supportive community of friends instead.