Updated: Jan 25
2023 snuck up on us, didn’t it? I feel like the year is still 2019 and I just came home with my daughter. It is 2023 and I now have 2 children and my youngest will be turning one this year.
Where did the time go?
While time has seemingly moved faster, it’s important for me to RECLAIM MY TIME this year. As I’m sitting here writing out my goals for my finances, my marriage, my friendships, and recreating my business goals and daring to dream bigger, I realize I NEED to set goals as a parent as well.
Winston Churchill once said,
“He who fails to plan is planning to fail”
While I want to make sure I accomplish my personal goals, I want to ensure the connection between my children and I remain strong and they don’t just get what’s left of me.
Former Forbes contributor, Jeff Boss, writes “Goals trigger behavior. Having a clear, compelling goal mobilizes your focus toward actionable behavior. Goal setting should motivate you.” He then goes onto list that “goals guides your focus, sustain momentum, align your focus, and promotes self-mastery.” If this is not enough to convince you to write parenting goals, I don’t know what will!
I’m going to share 3 of my goals this year as a parent and I hope they encourage you to write some goals of your own.
1. Get Out More.
The pandemic had us in the house and not having many memorable moments. This year, we are changing that. My kids will be getting out of the house, meeting people at random, and just overall having a good time experiencing life. I’m making a list of places I plan to take them around the city and state and just going for it.
2. Get Educated. Contrary to popular belief, I do not know it all (ha-ha). But what I am, is a forever learner. I love reading to gain new information and be challenged. I’m setting to read a parenting book every quarter this year (should we read together?).
3. Maintain a Schedule. Now, we pretty much have a solid routine. I am very flexible with the time, but by 2pm? HEADS IN BED. From 2 Pm to 4 PM that is mama’s time to relax and decompress from our busy morning together and prepare for dinner. With me adding “getting out more” to our life, some adjustments may need to be made. Whatever is decided, I’ll create the routine and stick with it. My children thrive on knowing what comes next and that helps my sanity as well.
Setting your parenting goals doesn’t have to be daunting. These goals serve one major premise and that is to stay connected to your child. Life is coming at us fast and before we know it, we will have teens that don’t want much to do with us. If you’re having trouble thinking of some goals, here’s a short list for you.
· Building a bedtime routine
· Building a morning routine
· Going to the park twice a week
· Riding bikes every weekend
· Family game night
· Art projects
· Reading more books together
· Creating personal boundaries
· Less screen time.
· Cooking and eating together
I hope you were able to get some great ideas from this list or inspiration to create your own goals.
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