Events Can’t Be “Perfect.” (10-21-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

Decide:      To enjoy an “unperfect” event.

Practice:     Think about an upcoming event that you are looking forward to.

Imagine what it will be like, but don’t paint a “perfect” picture in your mind. Things can go wrong.

Instead, paint a picture of yourself having fun even if things are not exactly as you might have hoped for.

When you think about the upcoming event, focus on the things you have control over. For example, the people you will be with or that you will have some time off work.

After the event, think about whether you were disappointed. If so, ask yourself whether some of that disappointment came from your expecting too much of the event?

If you enjoyed your event, celebrate that you met your goal – to enjoy the day even if it was not “perfect” in every way.

Today’s Parenting Tip was inspired by our featured picture book, CLEVER JACK TAKES THE CAKE.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Birthday Parties, Part 1.

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