I’ve worked with many parents who would just try anything under the sun when they face parenting challenges or difficulties with their children and just HOPE that SOMETHING that they are trying will work. Then there are also parents who feel that they don’t really have to learn about how to understand the needs of their children because they are hopeful that they will turn our ‘ok’ just like their parents before them….. if this is you, then you are probably leaning towards ‘hope’ parenting when it comes to making decisions for your children.
However, if you want to be more intentional, you may want to consider what I call, ‘strategy’ parenting which describes how parents who face parenting challenges problem solve and decide on the next course of action by deploying a systematic strategy, using child development psychology (or understanding) to help them make informed decisions. ‘Strategy’ parenting is fail proof, not because it’s some magic formula, but rather because it is organic and customised to the ever changing needs of the individual child.
If you’d like to be more intentional and deliberate in your parenting, i.e. you’d like to do only the things that will yield a desired outcome, here are the three things you can do:
1) If you like reading, get a copy of my book ‘Cool Stuff Your Parents Never Told You About Parenting‘
2) If you like listening, then continue to listen and subscribe to my podcast –Parenting On Cue.
3) If you like to be thorough, and love being coached and have somebody walk you through the important stuff, then join my exclusive Inner Circle for Parents Programme
Take a quick look at how you respond to your parenting challenges and feel free to share (in the comments section below) if you are a bit of ‘hope’ parenting or ‘strategic’ parenting…..I’d love to hear from you!