Whether you like New Year's resolutions or not - the start of the year is always a good time to just take a breath and reflect.
Parenting is not a static state - it's a constantly changing and evolving dynamic that needs you to be adaptable and somehow keep up with the kids!
As we go into the start of 2018 it's a chance to think about a few things:-
- Live in the moment. We know for sure, that children who feel loved and cherished thrive. Be sure to love the child you have - with all their ups and downs, challenging behaviours and experiences. Keep celebrating every step you take together and keep moving forward. Same applies to both you and your partner!
Connect with those you love. Quality time is about connection and emotion - not just teaching. Hug your child, listen, commiserate, laugh, play, cuddle, listen some more! Turn off your phone and get away from the computer and just be in the moment, together - connecting.
Yes - you have to keep role modelling! If you want to raise kids who are considerate and respectful they need to copy the right behaviour. If you can't keep your emotions in check - they won't be able to either. So, take a deep breath and speak to them with patience and respect and model the way you want them to speak to you.
- Your children will make mistakes - so will you. There is no such thing as a 'perfect parent' or 'perfect children'. But resolve this year to be a family that thrives together, to create a family that makes choices (together where appropriate) that move you all forward in the right direction. It's hard work - but it will pay off.
- Parenting is a journey - filled with different paths and routes to choose. Don't worry about what you can't control, choose what feels right for today and what will bring you the most joy and connection with your family.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!