“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” -JFK
Do you usually tackle issues BEFORE you have an issue to be concerned with or do you wait until things start to crumble?
Are you into preventative “medicine” or wait until you are sick to get help?
Most parents who come to me for help are doing so NOT because things are going well, but because something has fallen through the cracks and they are struggling – either managing their home, dealing with parenting issues or feeling drained personally.
There is a much better way to deal with some of these issues.
By anticipating situations or development you can stay ahead of the game – you can beat the odds!
I have recently focused on sharing information on how parents can raise responsible adults, one over at and an upcoming article at Simple Mom and Families with Purpose. By creating an environment in your home which builds and encourages independence in your child you are ultimately getting ahead of the power curve.
A lot of common struggles can be avoided and wouldn’t that be something to look forward to?
I love this book by Merrilee Boyack called The Parenting Breakthrough where she gives a concrete Plan for Raising Independent Children Who Will Be Able to Take Care of Themselves. Would you like to know if you are on track with your child and teaching them what they need to know? She provides a great list of age appropriate tasks for children – this is your “cheat sheet”!
By taking the time in advance to start your child on the road to success at an early age you will be knocking down future stumbling blocks. I know from my own personal experience, I have not experience many of the issues that other parents I know have with their children.
This is not to say my children are perfect or I am some phenomenal parent, but I have taken to heart the position of having high but realistic expectations of my children. I have encouraged them to care for their owns needs as soon as I felt they were capable. This gave them a feeling of pride as well as knowing that I trusted them completely and had faith in their abilities.
So I encourage you to take a look at this book by Merrilee and see what things may be missing from your daily experience with your children. By focusing on some areas now, you will in fact avoid some more dramatic issues later!
Did any tasks surprise you from the list?
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