It is often said, “Parenting is Hard Work”. Oh yes! It is. To make the hard work worth the while, here are some easy steps to flow within 2018.
- Set Goals: We have moved from the age of “resolutions” to the “goal setting” age. By this term I mean not just writing out what should be done, but penning the “hows”, “when” and with “what” all down. This makes achieving the goals, an easier process.
- Take Charge: By setting goals, a blueprint for the year is mapped out. This blueprint guides every decision-making process and helps you stay on top of your game.
- Don’t try to fix everything: this can really be very tough. Often we feel this “perfection” thing well up in us especially knowing the children are watching. Truth is you can’t fix everything. Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. By not being capable of fixing everything, the children also understand when you say “its ok to fail sometimes”.
- Create time for your child: This is the number one reason you were given those gifts in form of children. They are for you to give all and every attention possible. Have conversations with them. Do homework together. Tuck them into bed. Watch tv together. Eat together. Just simply give them enough time. It will help you bond better.
- Discipline your child: first, we must understand that there is a major difference between discipline and punishment. Discipline teaches punishment inflicts pain without teaching! You can read more about discipline and punishment.
- Take some time off: In 2017 as part of my goal setting, I had decided to take some time off to rest. I know you can’t take breaks off as a parent, but you can take some space off the vicinity to breathe better. These “off times” help one think and plan better.
- Avoid comparisons: Every child is unique just as every parent is too. Avoid comparing parenting styles or even behaviours of children. No one person is the same as the other. We are all special and unique in our own ways.
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