Keep those lines of communication with your kids open- even when it's tough!
Sarah here. We hope you enjoyed last week’s blog on parenting with intention. Hopefully, you’ve been able to put intention into action. Last week, Lisa talked about roadblocks that can make parenting with intention more difficult. This week, we’re going to continue focusing on some of things that get in the way of your best efforts to be intentional as a parent.
Parenting with intention isn’t a one-and-done act. It isn’t an accomplishment that you can complete and check off a list. Instead, parenting with intention is like meditation- it’s an ongoing practice that you can always do more or less of. Because of this, the roadblocks to parenting with intention may be dynamic over time and across situations.
We want you to engage in a little practical self-reflection. Read through the questions that follow and notice what thoughts come to mind after you read each question. Focus on the present and recent past when reflecting. If you’d like, you can jot down your answers, but no pressure. Remember there are no right or wrong answers.
So, now that you’ve reflected on possible roadblocks to parenting with intention, what do you do? That depends. In some cases, how you intentionally parent may need to adapt. For example, if your intention was to spend time outdoors together as a family but there’s a blizzard outside, then adapting your intentional action makes sense! Perhaps you could spend some purposeful time together as a family indoors. If your self-care is abysmal right now and you can’t even fathom being intentional because you’re so sleep deprived, then prioritizing sleep and self-care now is the intentional action that will allow you to intentionally engage with your family later.
Remember that roadblocks aren’t a sign to quit- they’re just a sign that we need to do something different. By periodically doing this intentional parenting self-reflection, you’ll be able to identify and address barriers and avoid stalling out. And, incorporating this type of self-reflection into your parenting practice is itself a great way to be intentional as a parent.
Feel free to peruse our blog and see what Sarah and Lisa had to say about topics related to your needs as a busy parent. We will talk about everything from parenting values, to life hacks, to realistic self-care.