Kids…whew! I wish they came with parenting manuals. The truth is most of us have children before we are emotionally ready and equipped to handle their needs. This isn’t a showstopper because it’s been this way since the beginning of time. As you think about living the life of your dreams, if you’re a parent, that definitely includes your children. How much time do you spend learning how to be a more effective parent? How much time do you invest in what is arguably your most valuable asset on the planet? How do you ensure that you are instilling the proper values in them when the culture can sometimes be anything but proper?
Trust me, having raised one child and working on raising the second one, you WILL make mistakes. Despite your best intentions, kids will be kids and they’re going to make childish mistakes. They don’t yet have the ability in those precious little brains, cognitively or biologically, to understand all of the reasons why they can’t listen to certain music, go to R-rated movies, eat chicken nuggets every day, have a beer and cigarette or stay out all night with their friends. It’s part of our job as parents to set boundaries and limitations to keep them out of harms way. In addition to setting boundaries, we should also explain our reasons to them so that they learn to think critically and make good decisions when they’re up the street at their friends’ house.
The BluePrint–Design Your Dream Life will make sure you have access to resources and tools that can help you to be a better parent. We have to prioritize our children. We spend countless hours on our careers and our education or other life goals. Ask yourself are you spending enough time improving your parenting skills? Are you reading books and magazines about parenting the same way you are fitness and finances?
Here’s the link to a site to get your started. http://www.consistent-parenting-advice.com/effective-parenting-skills.html
If you know of other great sites with good parenting advice, post the link in the comments.
Living the Dream,