Now that the winter weather is finally saying its final goodbyes until next time, it is time to jump into some spring cleaning.
While most people associate spring cleaning with packing away all their boots and winter clothing and focusing on decluttering their spaces, sometimes our parenting could use a spring refresher too.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR PARENTING STYLES
The spring season is a fantastic time to take a closer look at your parenting, relationships with your kids and see what can be improved upon.
If you feel like it’s time to spring clean your parenting styles, there are several ways to do that.
ASSESS YOUR PARENTING
Now is a great time to look at your parenting style and how you parent your children.
If you have certain strategies you are using that work, write them down.
If you have tried others and found they aren’t effective, write those down too.
Taking the time to really investigate how you are parenting your children will get you prepared to spring clean your style.
SET PARENTING GOALS
Once you are aware of how you parent, you can start setting parenting goals you wish to achieve.
Whether those goals revolve around being more patient, more consistent or simply more mindful, this is a great way to spring clean your parenting.
Setting goals will motivate you more to accomplish them and keep you on track.
Stop comparing your children and the way you parent them to others.
Quite simply, all children are different and comparing only clutters your mind with unreasonable doubt.
Make it a priority to stop comparing yourself and your children to others and focus solely on your own actions.
FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE
Negativity rarely gets anyone far.
Spring clean the negative thoughts away and replace them with positivity.
The more positive you are as a parent, the more your children are going to want to listen.
PRACTICE SELF CARE
Self-care is extremely important for parents.
Whether that means simply sneaking away for a hot bath occasionally, or indulging in a good book, taking care of yourself helps you to better take care of others.
Having a self-care routine in place makes a world of difference when it comes to how you parent your children.
DECLUTTER YOUR SCHEDULE
Stop overwhelming yourself with things to do. Busy does not have to define you!
This spring, take the time to declutter your schedule, saying no to things that you don’t have time for and making sure that everyone has time to truly enjoy life.
Not only will this make you a better parent but overwhelming your children with activities doesn’t help them either.
SIMPLIFY YOUR STRATEGIES
Stop overcomplicating your parenting.
Simplify your strategies and remain consistent with them. Making your parenting too complicated will not only confuse yourself and the children, but it will be harder to stick to your guns.
RECONSTRUCT YOUR ROUTINES
When it comes to parenting, routines are extremely important. Springtime is the perfect time to look at those routines and reconstruct them.
Are you doing something that doesn’t work or isn’t productive as part of your routines?
Are there things you wish to add to the routine?
TAKE TIME TO CONNECT
In this day and age of constant technology, it is important that we take the time to really connect.
This spring put down the gadgets and get outdoors to enjoy the changing weather.
Plant a garden together and spend time maintaining it.
Host a family picnic and enjoy each other’s company without the distractions.
GET RID OF GUILT
As parents, we have all, at one time or another, felt guilty. Whether it’s because we have found ourselves yelling, or we feel as though we have spent too much time at work, it builds up.
This spring is a great time to take it all in and let the guilt go.
This will free up space in your mind to parent effectively without revisiting the past.
Spring cleaning your parenting styles doesn’t have to be complicated.
Just make sure to follow these important steps and in no time, you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle your parenting head on.
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