What kind of parent is Virgo?
There’s no one more organized than the Virgo parent.
What is a Virgo mom or dad like?
You’re a walking database of parenting information—the Google of parenthood—and your kids’ lives are well-planned as a result. Structure is what makes children feel safest, so your ability to provide it can help your kids grow up to feel confident and empowered in the world. They’ll also be pretty practical as a result of your guidance!
You puree food and freeze it in ice cube trays, scour the parent message boards for gently-used educational toys, and keep an Excel spreadsheet rating the best strollers. Not a moment of pregnancy is wasted, either! While awaiting the arrival of your little one, you’ve framed, drywalled and decorated the nursery and applied for the best local preschool by the second trimester. You’re so thrifty, you even re-gift (who needs all those onesies, anyhow?).
Strengths and gifts
You’re the patron saint of new parents, too, offering a wealth of helpful advice for every age and stage. Virgo Jada Pinkett-Smith found her “second act” co-hosting her Red Table Talks show with daughter Willow Smith and her mom, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Their intergenerational conversations leave no stone unturned, true to the Virgoan love of details, trivia, and occasional TMI. You find the whole process of child development fascinating—from poop variations (Virgo rules digestion) to sleep training—and you know just about every fact and figure on it all. You’d be wise to set up a parent blog and monetize it, stat!
Are Virgos good parents?
The Virgo parent teaches healthy habits. Hello, non-toxic parent. Virgo is an earth sign that rules the zodiac’s sixth house of health and fitness. You want to ensure that your kids have the best possible nutrition, healthy habits and pediatric care. Immunizations? Your children are either on the dot with their shots, or you’ve enrolled them in alternative education (or moved to a commune) so they can avoid the needle. Nutrition is another big thing for you. You may be the parent who’s orchestrated the sugar and cupcake ban at your kid’s elementary school—and you don’t care if they hate you for it, either. At least they won’t have cavities.
As long as you don’t go to extremes, your kids will probably thank you for teaching them healthy habits—at least, once they’re too old to trick-or-treat. If you’re the outdoorsy or active type, you’ll enjoy sharing hikes, bike rides and even planting a vegetable garden with the kids. Virgos are usually pretty talented in the kitchen, too, so make meal preparation a fun family activity. Teach the kids to make signature salads or healthy dishes with quinoa, multigrain pasta, or colorful veggies (the “rainbow plate”).
Traits of a Virgo mom or dad
The Virgo parent can be too rigid about rules. Organization is one thing, but as the saying goes, “man plans; God laughs.” You can get all too hung up on your carefully orchestrated schedules and plans, turning order into chaos with your crazy-making. Parenting is an exercise in being out of control, and this can be a challenge for you. Yet, it will be necessary to learn flexibility, especially if you have a more free-spirited child (like a Gemini, Sag or Aquarius) who doesn’t like structure.
Face it, Virgo, you’re hardwired to sweat the small stuff. As a parent, you need to deprogram yourself from some of those rigid tendencies that stem from worry and fear. Remind yourself that all is well. If your kids’ clothes aren’t hand-dyed with teas and berries, made from organic cotton and Fair Trade certified, well…things will probably work out just the same. Should your child ingest a crayon, an Oscar Meyer hot dog or a snack that lists hydrogenated palm kernel oil as a main ingredient, their immune and digestive systems can probably handle the blow. What’s most important is that you teach your kid not to overreact. Go easy on the helicopter parenting and hovercrafting. You can’t stop your kid from getting bumps and boo-boos, but you can be there to kiss them and make it all better.
Virgo parenting challenges
Virgo parents can be judge-y.
Oh my God, can you BELIEVE she lets her kid eat that? Why isn’t she disciplining her child and teaching her not to bite? You can be a snarky, sideline-sniper, a bigger playground terror than the kid who throws snowballs or pushes other children off the swings. Virgo is an analytical sign with perfectionist tendencies and super-high standards—both for yourself and other people.
While it’s great that you have such sound values, it’s not so nice when you get caught up on your judgmental, “Virgo knows best” trip. Before you deliver a scathing critique, look within: Are you secretly being hard on yourself? Maybe you’re expecting yourself to do things “right”—when, in reality, there’s no such thing. When the urge to shred another parent strikes, take a moment to be nice to yourself. Say a little mantra or affirmation, treat yourself to a special cup of tea, take a deep breath. Maybe you can find a way to offer some constructive advice to a fellow parent in need. But if you can’t say anything nice, remember the Golden Rule.