Parenting with Purpose
Parenting is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs out there. Just like any other career, it takes hard work, patience, and compassion to become the best parent you can be. In recognition of Purposeful Parenting Month this July, we're explaining the purposeful parenting method.
What is Purposeful Parenting?
Purposeful Parenting is a parent-lead movement that has gained popularity and traction over the last few years. According to PsychCentral, "It is based on the belief that when the parental role is established with proactive intentionality and thorough understanding about child development, the ability of children to fulfill their potential and have more options available to them increases". The overall concept of the movement is born from the age-old nature versus nurture debate. However, Purposeful Parenting is essentially about focusing on your child's growth in the best way possible so your child can flourish through development.
4 tips for Purposeful Parenting
1. Take care of yourself. Self-care is integral in becoming the best parent possible. While it's easy to prioritize your child, setting aside time for yourself in turn helps you maintain the best mindset for Purposeful Parenting. It's not selfish to want a break from the chaos and a moment or two for yourself.
2. Don't be too hard on yourself. Striving for perfection is natural, but perfection is impossible and unhealthy! Human beings are not perfect, including yourself and your child. Model behavior for your children to follow. Show them that life is about trying your best, not being the best. There will be ups and downs in parenting, but the important thing is to keep moving forward.
3. Build a support system. Connect with other parents through different support groups or parenting programs to find a support system to help you through your struggles. Sharing experiences with others is helpful to yourself and to other parents.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Parents are incredible, strong, and resilient, but they're not superheroes. Raising a child can get overwhelming, but it is always okay to reach out for help. This does not make you a lesser parent. In fact, recognizing the need for help and doing the best thing for your mental well-being and child is a sign of strength.
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