parent forward

Parent forward.  “Be present” “Be in the moment” “Be here”. We hear these a lot. Sometimes you hear them from me. And sometimes it is true. But sometimes we need to pick our head up and out of right-this-moment and see the bigger picture. The tomorrow. The direction-we-want-to-be-headed.
This week, when you hit a moment of tension or friction or frustration with your child, parent forward. Think about the long-term resolution you want, and respond to your child with that in mind. The shift it makes in our actions can be small. Or enormous. No matter the size it means we are parenting in a deliberate direction, instead of parenting to get out of this hard moment, no matter which way works.
Try it. I’d love to know how it works–you can hit reply and tell me your story. Please do.

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