Working mum.... still trying to fight this infection. While picking up my daughters birthday gifts I came across a lovely lady who offered if I wanted to go in front of her in the queue. As I was leaving the store I spotted the same lady chatting to a homeless man outside asking about his troubles and offered to buy him a cup of tea. An amazing lady 🙌💗🌟 sharing kindness wherever she goes. This is what all humans are capable of..... 🙏🏻
Want to know a secret?
You can be both a parent AND a friend to your child...in fact, I highly recommend it.
Your child is a unique individual with their own feelings, fears, dreams, likes and dislikes. Getting to know them (inside and out) make you closer, more connected. It makes your relationship stronger and more positive. It gives you a much stronger foundation.
When you parent as a friend, you become a safe space, a trusted sounding board. You have a toddler that comes to you for information, you get a child that doesn't feel the need to hide things or lie, you get a teenager that comes to you for support and to share their secrets.
Here are three tips for being both a parent AND a friend:
1. Set expectations from a place of love. For example - my daughter knows that as long as she tells us the truth and doesn't act "sneaky", she will NEVER get in trouble...but there will be a conversation about how to change her behavior for next time.
2. Make your family a team. For example, when we clean up after dinner, we put on some music, have a dance party and get the work done together as a family. Super fun!
3. Practice what you preach. For example, if you tell your child that you trust them to choose their own outfits each day, don't criticize or veto their choices. As long as what they are wearing is weather appropriate, praise their unique style and reinforce how proud you are for them accomplishing their goal on their own.
What other ways do/could you interact with your child as both a parent AND a friend?
Cristiano Ronaldo: "Cómo me gustaría ser recordado? Como uno de los mejores jugadores de la historia. ¿El mejor? Depende del gusto de las personas. Estoy seguro de que me encuentro en la historia del fútbol, por lo que hice y por lo que continúo haciendo. Para mí, soy el número uno de la historia. Para algunos fans, el número uno. Para otros fans, el segundo mejor. No importa. Yo sé que estoy en la historia del fútbol como uno de los más grandes de todos los tiempos"
Motivation doesn't lead you to success.
Daily habits, even when you don't want to, carves your path to success.
Are you making a conscious effort daily to: ▪️Eat enough whole foods suited for YOUR individual needs (not what the internet is telling you)
▪️Overcome your sugar / caffeine addiction
▪️Join the fitness class you said you would in January
▪️Remove yourself before losing your cool
▪️Overcome old self limiting thoughts
The hardest part is starting. Once you get the ball rolling, you build momentum, finding more reasons to keep going!
That is how you build healthy habits.
Where do you want to be 5 years from now?