Keep those lines of communication with your kids open- even when it's tough!
Sarah here. We hope you enjoyed last week’s self-reflections about your parenting prowess. And we hope you recognized your parenting prowess in action last week. Remember how I said that parenting prowess is naturally tied to self-confidence? Today is all about building you up and boosting your confidence in your parenting.
The thing is, you’re already doing some things right as a parent. We know that to be true, whether you realize it or not. Because whenever we meet new families—even families that are really struggling—we’re able to identify some strengths that they already possess. It’s just sometimes hard to recognize those strengths. Stress, unhelpful thoughts and challenging emotions like self-doubt, uncertainty, guilt and overwhelm can make it hard to see your strengths and feel confident in yourself.
Just like last week, 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. If you’d like, you can jot down your answers, but no pressure. Remember there are no right or wrong answers.
When you acknowledge your parenting strengths and you think about what you’re already doing right as a parent, your confidence will start to grow. And once you’ve identified your parenting strengths, you can focus on intentionally utilizing those strengths to make your life easier. We know that as a parent, you’re a natural. But what really matters is that you recognize the ways that you’re a natural. We want you to toot your own horn! So this week, notice what feels “easy” or “natural” as a parent and identify the strengths you’re using in those moments. This exercise will come in handy next week, as we talk about managing the holiday season and your kids’ upcoming winter break.
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.