Daily Parenting Tips for 2022

Most of us will agree that 2021 was a significant improvement on 2020. In the event of increased health support and face-to-face education, parents could take a deep breath, but I am aware of just how difficult it has been. As such, we’re ready for a brighter, better, and more hopeful 2022. These daily parenting tips will help you to embrace every day.  

Daily Pause

We live in a strange and uncertain time filled with many changes that can be disorienting. To be with these changes we need to stop. Give yourself a daily pause every day. You can:

Breathe and Feel Presence in your Body

This is so simple, take a moment each day to breathe into your body. Close your eyes, breathe right down past your belly button. Sometimes touching your belly helps. Bring your hands or feet to life by feeling them. Even if your mind tells you you can’t feel anything, are bored, or even want to move on, stay in the present. You’ll feel alive and energized. If you do this every day when you transition from one task to another, you may notice how calm you feel.  Additionally, when we pause, things change. Tangled problems loosen up. New ideas emerge. We get refreshed, rejuvenated, and connected and find confidence, clarity, and wisdom.

Daily Self Talk or Mantra

Thoughts are our first creation, they enter into our mind as we wake up. If you want to change 2022, you have to manage your thinking. try this simple exercise, write the thoughts you want to think, for example:

I am calm, joy, peace and creative

You can choose one per day to work on and say this at least three times during the day. I do this every day and it works for me!

Take time offline everyday

Every parent I work with is concerned about their children’s online activity as well as their own. Although technology has many benefits, it also takes away time from us and has a negative impact on us. The blue light from screens affects our 24 hour cycle. Here are the dangers according to a Harvard Study. They found that suppresses melatonin twice as long as natural light shifting circadian rhythms by twice as much (3 hours versus 1 1/2 hours). this means in takes longer to go to sleep. In addition exposure may be linked to other diseases such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Start a a family rule of no technology after the sun goes down.

Connect with your Child for 10 minutes a day

Often, we think that playing with children is frivolous. Although you may believe that it isn’t something you should get involved in, being a playful parent and making time to play with your child has so many benefits. Play with your child every day for 10 minutes.  Provide your attention and presence. During this special time, there are no screens, TV, or telephone calls, just you and them. Let them lead the way. To strengthen the relationship between children and their parents, I’m glad Paediatricians in America are prescribing outdoor playtime and time outside.  Even if your child is a teenager, it still important to sit with them in their room or take them out for a drink.  

Be Creative, dance, draw, sing

Everyone needs to feel alive and joyful, so do whatever makes you happy every day.

Let go of Goals and live with Intention

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What’s the difference between Intentions and Goals

Goals are focused on the future, therefore they lead to a destination or specific achievement. The shape of it feels defined, either you win or lose. A sense of failure can arise and tell you ” why bother anyway”.

On the other hand, Intentions are in the present moment. Intentions are lived each day, independent of reaching the goal or destination. They are about the inner relationship with yourself and others. Being intentional allows you to focus on how you want to be in the moment, independent of whether you are “winning or losing.”  It is often the first thought within you, that ignites the spark of energy that you hold towards moving towards something you want. It is as much about the journey than the destination! It does not mean that you don’t set goals, intentions, and goals can work together. They are a balanced relationship!

Some Simple Examples within Parenting

  • Getting more help from family members
  • Increasing kindness to self and others
  • Allowing more gratitude
  • Be kind to yourself when setbacks happen
  • Having more patience

Model the habits you want to see

Surprisingly, the most effective way to motivate children to behave in a certain way is to act in that way yourself. Let them respect you for who you are and what you do for them and they will follow you. Involve everyone in household chores. You should give your children some age-appropriate, meaningful responsibilities that contribute to the family’s daily activities. Hold a family meeting to determine how you will share your living space and make a list of all the tasks that need to be accomplished each week. More at my blog here Family Meetings.

Daily Thankfulness

Just like you, I sometimes get annoyed by life’s irritations.

Robert Emmons, psychology professor and gratitude researcher at the University of California, Davis, explains that there are two key components of practicing gratitude:

  1. We affirm the good things we’ve received
  2. We acknowledge the role other people play in providing our lives with goodness

Allow yourself to acknowledge these two components everyday.

It helps to have something to look forward to in Jan and Feb, since they can be challenging months. it is never too late to change, are you willing?. I wish that this year contains the seeds for a beautiful 2022.

Remember: parenting is hard work and you all deserve support. And when it all starts to feel impossible, ask for help. If you need help and support contact me for a consultation or do join my newsletter communityWith Gratitude Catherine 

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