I’ve got a fantastic positive parenting guest post today from Annie of Motherhood and More. I discovered Annie through her hilarious and insightful facebook posts and was instantly smitten.
I absolutely love her idea of spring cleaning your parenting each year. It can be so easy to get stuck in our habits and routines without putting much thought into what we’re doing.
By putting a parenting spring clean on the calendar every year, you’re ensuring that you’re not parenting on auto-pilot!
Here’s Annie with the details…
Don’t you just love spring? Warm weather. Flowers. The world bursting into life.
While many of us take this new beginning as an opportunity to clean out closets, wipe down floorboards, and shake out throw rugs, I also like to take some time to spring clean my parenting.
Like my home, I feel like my parenting can get stagnant and cluttered. My relationships with my kids can use some freshening, and my habits can use a little sprucing up.
If you’d like to join me, here are five steps to spring clean your parenting.
Step 1: Declutter Your Time
As the school year winds to a close, it’s time to choose how our summer will be spent.
Some things to keep in mind:
- While structured activities can be great, overdoing it can cause undue stress on you and your children.
- Leave some free time in your schedule to just be. Sit and sip lemonade. Picnic at the playground. Go for leisurely strolls. Toss a ball back and forth. Simplifying your family’s time and activity schedule is one of the best ways to make sure you have time for meaningful connection.
- Decluttering time suckers can help with that, too. (I’m looking at you, Facebook!) Now is a good time to set some new screen time rules for yourself as well as your kids. Moderation in all things.
Step 2: Air Out Your Expectations
Kids go through so many stages and phases, it can be hard to keep up. Now is a good time to reexamine the expectations you have of your children.
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