Running out of power? Parenting and driving have more in common than you think
Parenting and driving: so similar!
Being a parent and driving a car have more similarities than you think. When your car is empty it won’t work, well the same goes for you as a parent!
For a car to run well, it must be filled with good quality fuel and maintained regularly. You should take lessons to learn how to drive and then know and understand the make and model of your car to ensure that it runs well and stays in good condition for many years. Every time you buy a new car, you need to tailor your driving skills to meet the individual needs of your car (for example, whether the car is automatic or manual, whether it runs on gasoline, diesel, or whether it’s a hybrid or electric car).
These process steps are very similar to the steps required for good parenting.
To have the energy, stamina, and patience to be a good parent, you must first fill your body and mind with good-quality fuel (healthy foods) and maintain your body with good-quality sleep, positive relationships, and reduced stress. Next, you must acquire the parenting skills necessary to put good parenting into practice. Finally, you need to understand your child’s individual temperament and personality so you know how to adjust the tools to meet your child’s individual needs.
What happens if you forget or don’t put fuel in your car, or fill it with the wrong fuel or cheaper fuel?
ANSWER: Your car will break down and you may end up with permanent damage.
The same thing happens to you if you fill your body with garbage and neglect yourself for a while.
What if you rush through your driving lessons while trying to get your license?
ANSWER – You will feel frustrated and defeated once you fail your exam while your car is sitting there unable to be driven.
The same goes for you as a parent. If you don’t learn the right parenting skills, you’ll manage to be a parent, feeling like a failure and frustrated.
What if you don’t know the specific needs of the car you’ve chosen to buy?
It will drive the car against the ground while trying to force the car to drive in a way that doesn’t suit the specific needs of the car.
The same can be said for parenting. If you don’t take the time to understand your child’s temperamental needs, you’ll continue to push parenting techniques like controlled crying or time-outs that don’t suit all children and assume your child’s tantrums are simply the result. of bad behavior.
In both cases, missing a step can have a significant impact on you, your child, and your relationships. Therefore, each step is just as important as the previous one and should not be taken for granted.
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