Parenting Goals for Happy Families
What's the secret of happy families? Parenthood is no easy task and many parents find that raising their children can sometimes be a matter of trial and error. Everybody wants the absolute best for their children, but each child is an individual and it can sometimes be difficult to know if you’re doing things right. Here are some great goals to set for yourself this year, to improve your relationship with your kids.
- Published on Monday, 20 February 2017 12:33
- Last Updated on 20 February 2017
- Monica Costa
Improve Your Listening Skills
Often, all children want is to feel that they are being listened to and that their opinions, experiences and stories are valued and treated as valid. At the end of a long day, it can be easy to want to spend some time on your own and get some peace and quiet, rather than spending time with excited little ones. But, whilst time for yourself is also important, make sure that you do spend time really listening to what your little ones have to say, whether they’re asking you questions that you have to Google the answers to, or telling you stories about their day.
Never Stop Learning
When you’re a parent, you quickly wish that you’d paid attention in school when your children bring home work that you’re not sure how to help them with. Although it can be tricky to fit education into your busy life as a working mum or dad, online classes in parenting skills, languages, maths, English, and even full degree courses if you want to really further your education, are widely available. One of the best 2017 goals that you can make is to improve your own education, as this will boost your confidence and make helping your kids with homework a fun, interactive activity that you’ll both look forward to.
As a parent you might wish that you’d gone on many more adventures when you were younger. Maybe there are various places in the world that you’d still like to visit, attractions that you’d like to see, and things that you’d like to learn. Trying new things together as a family can be a wonderful way to spend your time, whether it’s days out to family attractions or trips overseas to relax and have fun in the sun.
The 45 foot high Nootka Cypress evergreen in Wallington, Northumberland has been revealed as the best tree to climb in the country with Jessica Swales, aged 8, tackling its branches.
Take Time for Yourself
Lastly, it’s important for parents to have some time to themselves to recuperate and recharge. Setting aside perhaps one or two days a month where your children can spend the night at their grandparents’ house, for example, will give you some free time to spend as a couple, or even on your own.
Indulging in adult pastimes every once in a while can be fun as a parent, whether you enjoy a few glasses of wine at the bar with friends or prefer to relax at home whilst playing online games – click here for some fun ideas.
Being a mum or dad is no easy task, so make this year be the one that you set some great parenting goals and help make your family happier and closer.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London http://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums