“I had to learn the hard way,” explained one of the effective parents, “that unless I sat down, thought through where we were going as parent and child, how I was going to get there, and then developed some steps or milestones along the way that would show me whether or not I was making progress, my efforts quickly deteriorated into satisfaction with getting through the day without doing anyone bodily harm. Having a plan and some benchmarks was really important for me.”
Every parent knows that even the best-developed plans are hard to execute. Inevitably, life’s unknown and unexpected events and influences muscle their way into your experience and wreak havoc with those carefully conceived plans. But the potential for failure is no excuse not to prepare for success. Every respectable military strategist, educator, business manager, political leader, and effective parent will agree that achieving positive outcomes rarely happens by chance. It is almost always the result of good planning and diligent implementation.
How you can improve your parenting efforts tomorrow based on what you learned today? You can learn from your experiences every day and adjust your efforts based on the desired goals and the new information gathered. (Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting (Kindle Locations 662-688). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.)
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