In fact, we may not even realize how far we’ve removed ourselves from the now since we tend to do it subconsciously.
Here are three areas that can help you stay grounded and present as a parent.
This area is so huge because it’s so easy for us as parents to have a mile long to-do list that never gets done.
Focusing on where your time goes should be a huge priority in your life if you wish to become more present as a parent.
Many of us tend to just go through our daily motions with the kids, almost a type of autopilot day takes place day in and day out and we lose track of ourselves and our own needs.
It can start to look something like this – are you constantly procrastinating, or wasting the day away, or even not paying attention to your kids and their needs – perhaps just sticking them in front of the TV all day so that you can get things done?
If you find yourself leaning towards a ‘yes’ answer on any of the above questions, then it’s time to track your time to see where you can improve in this area. The easiest way to do this is to keep a journal of what you do all day.
This sounds tedious, I know, but how else can you get an accurate account of your whereabouts throughout a 24 hour period?
Where do your priorities lie when it comes to getting what you need to get done done?
Are you flying through things getting them done simply because it makes you feel more productive when you’ve crossed fifty things off of your to-do list rather than twenty five?
Keep a section in your journal that’s solely dedicated to the jobs you do all day to see where you put most of your energy.
Once you’ve tracked your task efforts, you’ll be able to see why you tend to feel off balance when it comes to accomplishing your goals for the day.
Are you happy with the results you’re getting day in and day out with your kids and family?
The most important thing to realize when it comes to bringing yourself into the state of being aware is that the power to change what you don’t like resides in you.
Be not afraid of long-term goals with yourself and with your family. If a Disney vacations sounds delightful, then it’s never too early to start the planning.
It all starts and ends with you. If you feel like you’d like to spend more time with your kids then you have the power to change that, if you feel like it’s time to take the leap from part time work to full time work then no one understands your ability to handle more hours like yourself.
Keep track of the details in your journal and set your goals based on your desired results and you’ll find that it’s much easier to adjust yourself so that can place yourself in the best possible position to achieve total awareness in the now.
It’s this awareness and being present that will open your eyes to seeking out a better you to provide your family with.
About the author: Danielle is a professional blogger, freelance writer, social media manager, and web content editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, start-ups and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.