Are You Setting a Bad Example?

As parents, we have the very best of intentions, but we may be sending mixed messages to our kids. We are hardworking adults trying to use our time as wisely as possible and work life boundaries are often foggy with the new “work from home” trend. This isn’t about shaming, but rather shining a light on where we might do better as parents!

  • Take notice of how often you are on your phone when your kiddos are with you. Are you frequently on your phone when your kids are in the car with you? Stop! It’s not safe, but let’s focus on relationship reasons; use that uninterrupted together time in the car to talk and to share. You have a captive audience, and you are a captive audience for them. Kids will share so much on a car ride.
  • Taking on too many projects that are not being completed causes stress on you and your family. It’s ok to say “no”. It’s ok to say “I cannot take that on right now.” You are teaching your kiddos boundaries and you will actually complete more by doing less! Finish what you start and then move on to the next task at hand.
  • Do you put yourself last when it comes to self care? Believe it or not, this sends a negative message to your kids. They need to see you taking care of yourself. You are teaching them to take care of themselves. As a parent, I feel that it is important to take care of yourself the way you’d want your child to take care of themselves!

Did any of these resonate with you? Can you share your opinion on cell phone use around kiddos? I’d love to hear how strive for balance in your home!

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