Over on my Facebook page I have started a new weekly tradition. Every Monday I share a meditation or thought provoking quote. Every Wednesday I offer a challenge that is an actionable step you can take that day. And lastly, every Friday I like to finish the week with a comic or something humorous.
One of the fascinating things about people is that everyone has different sources for motivation. You may be a pragmatic, logical or methodical person. You may be a visionary, artist or free spirit. Whatever your personality is, you have unique motivations that you can use to improve your parenting.
You might respond to inspiration, specific how-to steps or a light hearted perspective on life. We are all wonderfully different.
Today I encourage you to think about what meditations, challenges and humor can do for your parenting. Here is a sample of some of the things I have shared on Facebook recently.
I will confess that I love quotes. They are short and to the point. They can make you think and give you something to measure your experience by. Setting your intention on being a kind and compassionate parent to your teenager is an important daily action to take.
Sometimes a poignant thought or phrase can help you decide, in a fresh way, to live up to your own standards of being and relating with the people in your life that matter. Here is an image that I created with a quote that I think applies to family life really well.
Being inspired and having deep thoughts is fantastic, but ultimately it is not helpful if you never do anything with that information. Without follow up there is no change. My good friend Kevin Finkbiner likes to say that information plus application equals transformation. I totally agree.
I don’t know about you, but I often need action steps. Ok, I have a great idea or inspiration, what do I do now? When I share Wednesday challenges they are always practical and simple. Here are a few that people have responded to recently.
- Tell your kids two specific reasons why you are grateful for them
- Avoid comments that are judgmental and instead, frame them in more positive terms
Take a minute to ask yourself two questions. What kind of parent do I want to be? and How can I put that into practice today? If you do this on a regular basis you will step up the quality of your parenting and your teenager will notice your renewed effort and heart.
Life is serious and parenting is hard. We all need to let off some steam and laughter may be one of the best ways. If you are like me, you love your kids, but they also drive you crazy!
When I was a kid I dreamed of being a famous cartoonist. I still love “funnies” and comedy in many forms. On Fridays I enjoy doing some “research” and finding humorous comics that relate somehow to parenting. Here is one comic that my Facebook community seemed to enjoy.
What do you think? Do you need an increased dose of inspiration, action steps or humor to upgrade your parenting?
If you need some encouragement in these areas come check out my Facebook page for some weekly inspiration.