Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday-Successful Families

"No society can survive the breakdown of the family"-Dr. Stephen Covey
As a single parent of a demanding 15 year old (i think my sweet innocent baby was abducted by aliens and they returned this thing called a teenager), I'm constantly looking for ways to be a better parent. What Ive learned and find comfort in knowing is that, the challenges i face are not just unique to me. There are other parents who may struggle with the same issues I face such as discipline, peer pressure, academics, sex, effective communication, etc. I don't have to reinvent the wheel there are a plethora of information available and peopleyou can turn to like family, friends and counselors. Success defined is the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. If we make an attempt to set family goals which entail our expectation of success in our family and a plan of action of how to carry it out, you have no other choice but to be successful. My plan for a successful family is to Keep an open line of communication with my daughter, Spend Quality Time, Instilling Morals & Values, Make sure she has access to a good education, Be a positive role model an example she can emulate. As parents we tend to hold our children to a standard that we don't even live up to. My challenge is to not only teach but to demonstrate how to be a better, productive, person. Our children are our legacy, what will you live behind. Dr. Stephen Covey give 4 action tips for highly Effective family in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.
Develop a Family Mission
Plan Regular Family times
Schedule one-on-one bonding with each family member
Build Family Traditions
Families play an important role in the emotional, physical, and social development of individual family members. Successful families are prepared to cope and adapt to life events, crisis, and transitions.

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