I’m not big on making New Year’s resolutions, but I did come up with a theme word for the new year that I’d like to share with parents – simplify.
This word recently popped up in my head and strangely, or not, it keeps showing up for me in one way or another – funny how that works.
For me, simplifying means lightening my load whenever possible – not making things any harder in my life than they really have to be.
At the heart of the work I do with parents is the acknowledgment that parenting by its very nature is one of the toughest jobs there is. Even so (most times) it absolutely can be simplified or made easier with the right information, guidance, and support. (typically certain problems just don’t get better on their own)
I frequently talk to frustrated parents who have an ample supply of love for their kids but a short supply of patience as they realize that love alone doesn’t necessarily make them effective nor does it make everything go smoothly.
There are many ways to simplify parenting (and life). The first step is making the decision that it’s what you really want for yourself and your family, then you have to believe it’s possible, and lastly but more importantly, you have to figure out a way to make it happen.
How about you?
Otherwise, another year will go by and…well, you know the rest.
Here’s to simplifying – making parenting easier for you!