So I'm curious to know how yesterday went for all of you. I imagine that giving up control and letting your spouse parent, at least for many of us, is more than a one day challenge. But at least infusing the idea of it into your thought process, if only for a day, might help you be more vigilant of it in the coming weeks and months.
Now I always find it interesting that people find it easy to keep a food journal or even an exercise journal, but many don't consider keeping a parenting journal.
And no, I'm not talking about a blog. (Nice try).
I'm talking about a notebook or even an email address where you keep (or send) the daily happenings in your experience as a parent. What worked? What didn't? How can you take those experiences and learn from them the next day?
We're taught to learn from our mistakes, and evaluate our own behavior and performance, at least when it comes to jobs anyway, so why should parenting be any different? We're certainly not born experts at this, and even more challenging is that once we seem to master something, our kids grow and change, which seems to push us right back to the novice side of things.
So #20: Keep a Parenting Journal
It doesn't have to be pretty or neat, and you don't even have to write in full sentences. But write down the key happenings so that you can read back later on and hopefully better inform your parenting.
And if you're late to the game, don't worry - I'm keeping track of all the Be a Better Parent challenges so you can start from the beginning!
Separately, I'm working on a Sometimes Single Mom project and I could use your input, particularly if you have a spouse that travels (for any amount of time - short business trips, deployments, you name it). Please head over to my column for more info - but I need your help!