This weekend a participant in my class (thanks Lorna!)
suggested that I periodically post a parenting idea or suggestion,
an action item that can be put into effect immediately.
This action item comes directly from my husband. He
has made "date night" a priority with each of our girls and they
anticipate their time together with great excitement. I
attempt to make individual time with the girls a priority, too, but
my husband was the first to put this into practice and I am simply
following his lead…
Action Item #1 - Make a date with your child (or each of
We put business meetings in our outlook calendar. Why not
schedule a monthly one-on-one date with your child? Get them
involved in the planning of it - the anticipation and planning can
be as fun as the date itself.
It can be 30 minutes or 2 hours, but either way they will look
forward to time with you. If you plan the date, make sure you
make it top priority. Keep your word to demonstrate trust and
reliability. Scheduling dates is an opportunity to be
completely present with your child and focus on what is most
important - building a relationship.
Spend time with your children now, one on one. Listen to
them; understand them. Look at your home, at school life, at the
challenges and the problems they're facing, through their
eyes. ~ Stephen Covey, Seven Habits of Highly
Have you done this or does this sound doable? Feel
free to comment.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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