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You know those times when you open your mouth and out comes….your mother!!??
My mom is awesome, but unfortunately, the times I sound like her tend not to remind me of when she is her very most awesome. Grrrr….
Sometimes, the ways we sound like our parents just make us laugh and shake our heads, but sometimes we’re stuck in a cycle that we really want to break, to support our children better, to find ways of parenting that are different than what we experienced.
When you can consistently parent in keeping with YOUR chosen values, not your parents’, you’ve broken the cycle and offered your children possibilities of new horizons.
The very first step in the process of parenting in keeping with your own values is taking a good look at what your values are, what exactly you want to offer your children and what messages you want them to absorb from you. Then comes the tricky part – determining what kind of parenting choices are most likely to give those specific gifts to your children.
To help you along in the process of clarifying your own parenting values, and to help you start your parenting off on the right foot in 2014, I’d love to offer you a gift copy of the Full Circle Parenting Peace of Mind Parenting Inventory. It will help you examine your parenting from your own perspective, and figure out what matters most to you in your relationship with your child. AND it’s the first step in my Big Picture Parenting Class starting on January 19th, so it will give you some time to think about some of the Really Big Stuff we’ll be talking about there.
To get your gift copy, just send me an email requesting the Peace of Mind Parenting Inventory.
To register for Big Picture Parenting, or for more information, GO HERE.
Or, just give me a call…403-607-1463. I love to hear from you!
It seems like a big and scary goal – The Parent I Want to Be.
At the same time, I can’t really settle for anything less – it matters way too much, and so much love lies in the balance.
So, every year, and multiple times during the year, I re-evaluate. I tweak. I adjust. I take stock of what I’ve learned. I take a deep breath. And I start again, doing my best, with all the information, ability, and heart, that I can draw on, right now, today.
What I love about the New Year is that I am inspired to reset goals, to re-imagine my vision. This year we’re doing something extra special.
I was inspired by the gorgeous family mission statement in the photo.
Each year, my daughter and I have made individual vision posters for the New Year. It has been inspiring and amazing to share that with her, but this year – she’s 8 – I felt it was time to take our joint values and create something really special.
We started with a question, “What do you want our family to be like?” We got out our big whiteboard, and our little whiteboard. We started by brainstorming on our big whiteboard, until neither of us had any more ideas. Then we went through and chose the phrases and ideas that we both felt strongly about, and that included some of the less powerful ideas. We kept these, and erased the others, then began to transfer the ideas to the little whiteboard, to order them by size, to position them, to group them. Lastly, we cleaned off the big whiteboard, and transferred them all back, carefully arranging them as we went.
Then we went out to buy that green painting tape and special acrylic paint markers for writing on walls, and next we’ll paint the most central wall in our home with our Family Vision. I’ll be sure to sub in the photo when it’s complete! In the meanwhile, here’s our whiteboard.
I can’t wait to paint this on the wall!
Creating the vision of the family you want to have, and more importantly, CO-creating that with the rest of your family members, is a key step towards manifesting the reality of your vision. I was amazed at how aligned my daughter and I are in our vision for our family. She designed the final poster, telling me where each idea should fit, and how big to write each word, and most of the time, it was perfect.
As we move into 2014, we will have this solid, beautiful, physical reminder of how we want to be with each other, what our shared values are, and what matters most.
I know that I am a better parent when I am accountable to my children for my behaviour and my choices. I know that I am a better parent when I have reminders of the positive language I want to use when things get tough and I just want to Say Mean Stuff. I know that I am a better parent when I have reminders that we are on track, and a compass to keep me going in the right direction.
There are lots of ways to do this – a framed poster on a single page, a book you write together, a poem, a set of stairs, a painted wall, or something else you choose.
Do you have a vision or mission statement for your family, or for yourself, as a parent? If so, please do share some of the key concepts below! The Big Picture Parenting Class starts by helping you define your vision, clarify the values that matter most to you in your parenting, and express those ideas in ways that inspire you. Come join us! Details for Big Picture Parenting Class of 2014 HERE.