Yesterday, I posted a list of ten New Year’s resolutions for parents. Here’s another one from a clinical social worker and therapist in St. Louis:
Beginning a new year is an appropriate time to reassess how well we are managing basic, ongoing commitments we have as parents.
Here are some primary parenting responsibilities, followed by some review questions.
I like this list a bit more than other one. The writer focuses consistency, which I believe is the most important goal of any parenting strategy. Are the boundaries clear? Are the consequences consistent? Are the parents working together toward the same goal? Kids need to know the rules, and the rules need to be consistent.
They’re our children, we love them, and we owe it to them to raise them right.