Becoming a mother comes with so many jobs, joys, worries, hopes, and challenges. If I'm being completely honest, I try to do too much when it comes to parenting. Sometimes, it's just simply not attainable to raise genius kids, wash all of the dishes, go to every appointment, meal plan, limit screen time, eat gluten free, read books, engage and teach your kids, etc. Right?
The point is, it's so easy to doubt your parenting from time to time – to think you aren't doing enough, being enough, or helping enough is so common. Making one small stride towards your goals as a parent is a HUGE thing! Never underestimate your abilities, but also, be realistic and reasonable with yourself on these goals. Regardess of your parenting style, most moms would say they would love to be more active in the development and nurturing of their children. Coming from a new mom, who is still figuring this whole thing out, I'm sharing a few tips to help you easily be involved in your child's development.
Be mindful of what you give your children. This seems obvious, but sometimes, our schedules get hectic and we often do things out of habit, ease, or convenience. Our daily choices have the ability to shape our sweet babies. Being mindful, to me, is about giving thought to why we do what we do, if it's a positive decision, or if it's the easier route. I get it; sometimes turning the TV on is a quick fix to a fussy toddler, but sitting together and learning a new, interesting toy would be much more beneficial. When I received my first Green Piñata box, I was thrilled to have made an intentional decision to aid in the development of my boy, as well as for the sustainability of the recycled toys. This simple choice is one more step in the direction of the parenting values I'd like to have and instill.
Practice an hour of unplugged play with your kids. Unplugging is one of my new daily goals! If you haven't given much thought to this yet, I highly recommend it. We have become so glued to our phones, tablets, and screens that we often don't make the time to connect with others without distractions. Fostering independent, and together, play is really important for your child's learning. Plus, when you take the time to be present and engage in playtime with them, you will make wonderful memories together.
Set intentions. Whether it's to decrease pressure or worry, work on a skill, be silly, or play pretend, taking a moment to consider what you'd like to focus on can really impact the time spent with your kids. Often, it ends up being much more positive for the both of you. You'll feel better knowing you are accomplishing both quality time and assisting hands-on in your child's growth and development.
What are your parenting goals? Do you practice anything in particular to aid in your baby’s development? Share in the comments!