When we don’t focus on parenting it gets away from us. Just like when we don’t focus on our exercise or our diet, or our work commitments. We can waste a lot of time in this day and age on Facebook, Twitter and other busy work…
In parenting this happens as well … Too easily.
We find ourselves having the same arguments with our children, we get into the same bad habits again and again, and without thinking about and having goals around this there is only the never-ending cycle without any forward motion.
I’ve talked about this before … And even knowing what I know, I found myself slipping up over the weekend, because I wasn’t thinking about being a Parent.
I was thinking about work, the accountant, the weather, the tidying that needed doing, the bills that needed paying ……. etc etc. Nothing at all to be embarrassed about, feel guilty over or anything, it was just one of those weekends where other things were on my mind.
However, just like the beginning of any week, I have a look at my weekly goals, my focus for the week, or the things that I’m hoping to achieve, and I re-assess, and take a look where I need to put my energy again. And part of this process for me, is looking at my Parenting Goals.
What are Parenting Goals:
- Actions that I want to work on as a parent in dealing with a behavioural situation
- Energy that I want to put into my children so that they feel loved and supported
- Teaching my children something that is important for their own development
For me, all Parenting Goals could fit into these three criteria – Actions, Energy or Teaching. And these can be as complicated or as simple as I need them to be week by week.
How could you put Parenting Goals into place?
Where is the most important aspect that you could work on this week?