It may seem like an odd question but do you have a parenting vision? What are your goals as a parent? There are so many things in life that we plan for such as our careers, our finances, and our health. Why not plan for how we wish to raise our children?What is your parenting vision? Do you have one? #parenting Click To Tweet
Have you considered what kind of parent you want to be or are you barely getting through each day and constantly questioning your actions as a parent?
Why should I have a parenting vision?
Benjamin Carson once said “There is no job more important than parenting.”
Parenting takes a lot of work. And if we’re to become the parents we wish we could be, then we need to be intentional with the ways in which we want to raise our children. As with any important task or life’s work, it’s critical to have a vision and a plan.
A parenting vision will provide you with the framework and the means by wish to gauge your progress as a parent.
What is my parenting vision?
So you’re ready to create your vision but if you’re not sure where to start, consider asking yourself these questions:
* What kind of parent do I wish to be?
* What do I consider success for myself?
* What do I consider success for my child?
* What values do I wish my child to have?
After you’ve done some preliminary thinking, consider these questions:
* What are my strengths?
* What are my weaknesses/limitations?
* What challenges me most?
* How can I get overcome these challenges?
Be specific as you consider these things. What you can do to get help or overcome any challenges you may face? Make sure you are listing specific examples. For instance, if you struggle with yelling at your children perhaps you can take a parenting class or commit to reading one book a month on this topic.
In addition, if you want your children to learn/display certain characteristics, consider what you can do to foster these. For instance, if you want your children to be compassionate to others perhaps you can do volunteer work with them; or you can assist neighbours and community members in need; or you could read books that teach compassion.
Set concrete and specific parenting goals and monitor your progress regularly. I encourage you to write everything down. I think best when I’m writing, so for me, documentation of my thoughts and goals is critical.
A printable parenting vision document
Do you wish you could have a template or a tool to guide you through the parenting vision planning process? I’ve assembled these and a few other questions into a wonderful printable resource for you to use. This 7 page document has all the space you need to jot your thoughts and construct a concrete parenting vision statement. Simply click the download button at the end of this post to grab your copy.
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