A national survey of children aged 6 to 12, carried out in the US, revealed that 62% of children say that their parents are distracted when they are trying to talk to them.
The Gottman Institute has a research-based approach to relationships. In an article I read recently, they shared why emotional safety is necessary for emotional connection. And how emotional connection cultivates courageous acts.
How much of the angst in parenting is communicating with your child? How much of your lost sleep is down to not being able to understand what is going on for your child?
The screwed up part is, when most of your meanings were formulated as a child and young adult, you had little or no say in the formulation process, unless you deliberately challenged the meanings you held.
Leaders that play to their strengths and understand their blind spots are able to be their best, lead others to be their best whilst juggling multiple other plates at the same time. It makes sense as busy parents that we are doing the same in the home.
How do we maximise our efforts to fit in what we need to do?
How do we keep both children and parents happy and healthy?
How can we feel confident our actions today will take us where we want to be?
How do we ensure good habits are instilled in our children?
Most people want certainty. As a parent you want to know your child is happy, is healthy, is capable, is successful, knows how to read and write and express their opinion.