(Excerpt from SuperPower Parenting: Strategies for Motivating Today’s Youth by Jackie P Taylor)
……What you need to learn from this chapter is that you can acknowledge the barriers in your life, and then you can make plans to jump right over them. No barrier needs to stand in your way when you want to be the SuperPower Parent.
It‘s probably not going to be an overnight process. Just accepting that you have made excuses in your life is hard. Heck, no one wants to say they‘re wrong or that they could have made a better decision.
It‘s time to move past all of this, in order to improve your parenting. It‘s time to start thinking about what you CAN do, instead of what you may not be able to do right now.
Leave the past in the past…
The harshest lesson of excuses? Learning about the fallout of the stories you tell yourself. When you tell yourself stories, your child is watching. Your child is learning from what you say and how you respond to the excuses you make for yourself. The more time you spend making excuses, the better you and your child become at making them. Malcolm Gladwell‘s 10,000 hour rule applies here too. If you show your child how to make excuses and complain from ages 2-16 for an average of 6 hours a day, your child will be an ―expert 3 times over, having racked up 30,000+ hours! So, what are you consistently making your child an expert at?