It’s Purposeful Parenting Month!
July is Purposeful Parenting Month, which is something close to our hearts here at MFHS. Purposeful parenting is being an active, engaged parent. It’s about giving your children the best life possible. Purposeful parenting is also about building strong, positive, functional families with children of any age, and recognizing the importance of meaningful relationships between parents and children.
In July we want to highlight some of the tools you can use to become a purpose driven parent. It’s something that takes time and effort, but the rewards you’ll see are worth it. How can you make the most of Purposeful Parenting month?
- Set Nutrition Goals. Maybe the kids love fast food more than their veggies, but it’s up to their parents to make sure they’re getting what they need. Whether it’s a simple diet change, or more meals cooked at home, or even getting some nutrition education to help you make better choices, what your children eat is important. Responsible parenting means taking charge of your childrens nutrition and helping them form healthy habits for life.
- Engage With Your Children. Your children need your attention, plain and simple. Make time in your schedule to play with them, help them with homework, and stimulate their minds. Even simple changes, like dinner around the kitchen table instead of the TV, can create the loving, nurturing environment they need.
- Create A Safe Environment. As a parent, you also need to create a safe environment for children to grow up in. This might mean identifying and removing the influence of drugs and alcohol (something our Nurse-Family Partnership does while working with at risk families), or simply teaching safe behavior around strangers. A safe child is a happy child!
We encourage every parent to take a look at their family to see how they can improve. Purposeful parenting should be a life long effort. What are your favorite ways to be a purposeful parent? Leave us a comment so we can share the best ideas on our Twitter and Facebook!