A Simple Tip for Being a Better Parent

There are lots of parenting tips out there on how to be a better parent. I have heard hundreds of them before, but the one that I think is the most important is one I don’t think we like to admit out loud sometimes. We are ashamed to say it in case it makes us seem like bad parents. Do you have any guesses?

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The one simple tip that I think really helps us be better parents is spending time away from the kids. Yep. I said it. Spend time away from the kids. It’s funny how this one simple idea gets pushed behind all of life’s busyness as a parent. There are always a hundred things to do instead of making plans to have a date night, girls night, a weekend away, etc…

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs out there. It doesn’t begin at 9am and end at 5pm; It’s on going, with no breaks. For as much joy and reward as it brings, however, it is certainly draining. My husband and I just took a weekend away together. Just the two of us. It was much needed and gave me a refreshed and renewed spirit to come home with. Of course at the end of the weekend I couldn’t wait to get home and see our daughter, but I really valued that time away.

It doesn’t have to be a lot. I think even an hour here and there can help. We owe it to ourselves and our kids to have a clear head and rejuvenated spirit so we can be our absolute best for them. Have you spent some time away lately?

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