With each new year, we talk about goals we want to meet, including parenting goals. It’s a good idea, in theory. The problem is that sometimes we don’t set practical goals that we can actually reach. Or you might not set goals that are specific enough, or with a proper timeline to get them accomplished.
Here are some parenting goals you can actually reach:
Spend more time together as a family.
Once you commit to spending more time together as a family, you’ll find that it’s easier and easier to carve out that time. Too often, we just talk about how we’d like to spend more time together but we don’t take the necessary steps to make it happen. Goals require action.
Make room for more quality time vs. quantity time.
It’s one thing to spend more time together but if you want to take it to the next step, you need to make sure you spend more quality time together. Is the time spent together actually spent working on family goals, getting to know one another better, or bonding? If not, then it’s not quality time.
Get more exercise.
You want your family to be healthy and you know how important exercise is to your health so set some goals to eat better and get more exercise, then commit to them. You could go for walks as a family, or play a sport together. It doesn’t require any special skills or tools to be able to get more exercise.
Be a good example.
You know that your children watch everything you do. They are learning from you, even when you don’t think they are watching. It’s important that you always try to set a good example. What are some ways you can be a better example to your children at home? Think about it, then put a plan in action to achieve it.
Work on discipline goals.
Would you like to be a calmer, more patient parent? Or maybe you want to introduce new responsibilities and skills to your children this year. Take some time to write down your discipline goals and then create a solid plan for reaching them.
I hope these ideas for parenting goals have helped you. It’s never too late (or too soon) to start evaluating your parenting and creating goals for the future. We all have room for improvement. In a way, that’s what parenting is all about – learning new, better ways to raise our kids. Are there any goals you would add to this list?
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