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Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting

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9- Know your own needs and limitations as a parent

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Face it – you are an imperfect parent. You have strengths and weaknesses as the head of the family. Recognize your abilities – “I am loving and dedicated”. Vow to work on your weaknesses – “I have to be more consistent with discipline”. Try to have realistic expectations for yourself, your partner, and your children. You don’t have to have all the answers – forgive yourself.

And try to make parenting a manageable job. Focus on the areas that need the most attention rather than trying to cover everything at the same time. Admit it when you’re exhausted. Take the time to do things that will make you happy as a person (or as a couple).

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Focusing on your needs doesn’t make you selfish. It just means that you care about your own well-being, which is another important value for your children to model.

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