A Comprehensive Guide to Parenting Goals

We're back today with the next edition of our Goal Guide series! Many of us are striving toward the same things: deeper relationships, a growing faith, and a healthy lifestyle, to name a few. We created this series to spotlight one of those topics at a time and create a bank of ideas for your Tending List! Now, when you want to make progress on your fitness, faith, or nutrition goals, for instance, you can use these posts for inspiration!

This week's topic is parenting! I'm very new to this (10 weeks to be exact), but being the best mama I can be shot right to the top of my PowerSheets priorities the moment I found out I was expecting. As moms, we want to be more present, patient, and nurturing with our children. One thing that helps me make imperfect progress? Coming up with meaningful and practical ways I can love on my baby well. Thankfully I got some help from the Moms Cultivating What Matters with PowerSheets Facebook group. Veteran mamas, please share your ideas in the comments below as well!

Monthly Goals 

  • Read one new-to-you parenting book (We love the idea of inviting your husband to join you for this goal!)
  • Tackle an age-appropriate milestone goal such as sleep training, solid foods, weaning, or potty training
  • Do a seasonal craft, outing, or activity
  • Create a family mission statement
  • Get up-to-date in each child's baby book or scrapbook
  • Plan a family trip
  • Get involved in children's school activities
  • Join a moms' group or play group
  • Learn 2-3 new age-appropriate games
  • Create a chore chart or family values chart to track progress
  • Work through the Parents Goal Companion Guide
  • Pick a topic to learn about and check out several books on that topic from the library
  • Take an infant or child CPR class
  • Frame and hang photos of and artwork by your children

Weekly Goals

  • Have 3-5 sit-down family dinners together
  • Attend church and discuss what you learned
  • Write a letter, email, or diary entry to children to read when they're older
  • Take child to 1-2 activities such as play group, story time, or music class
  • Plan a special one-on-one date for each child
  • Call a mom friend to seek advice
  • Host a play date for each of your children to invite friends over
  • Memorize a weekly Bible verse together
  • Teach your child to cook a new dish with you
  • FaceTime a faraway family member
  • Make artwork together (Don't stress about making a mess!)

Daily Goals

  • Spend an hour of uninterrupted technology-free time with each child
  • Pray for and with each child
  • Read 2-3 books before bedtime
  • Keep your phone in another room during play time or conversations
  • Pack homemade lunch for each child (Adding an encouraging note while you're at it!)
  • Laugh together!
  • Talk about ways your children modeled your family values
  • Show gratitude for good behavior
  • Ask each child to list five things they are grateful for from the day
  • Get outside and active together: ride bikes or take an afternoon walk and talk about what you see
  • Practice patience: respond with grace and say yes whenever possible
  • Tell your children how much you love them!

These are just a few suggestions for items to add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your parenting goals for the year!

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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October Goals Round-Up

It's officially October, and I can't think of a better month to start getting to know you all! Thank you so much for the warm welcome to the team this week. I'm thrilled to be able to take a more active role in encouraging you in your little by little progress on what matters most! I also love seeing your PowerSheets Tending Lists. They are so full of good ideas I may have to borrow for my own!

I feel the same way as Anne of Green Gables when she says, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." -L.M. Montgomery. Bring on the cooler air, crunchy leaves, and football tailgating with hot cider! This month begins the last quarter of the year, which is all about savoring the season and holidays with loved ones.

For many of us, that also means October is the time to look ahead and prepare well by making a bit of progress on holiday preparations. Victoria reminded me to get a head start on a few things this month, like Christmas cards and gift shopping. I know that progress will allow me to enjoy the festivities of November and December all the more!

Speaking of savoring the season...if you've been around for a while, you know October means it's time for Emily's annual fall pumpkins and soup party! We are also gearing up for our fourth-annual Halloween party, and I can't wait!

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Photo by PowerSheets user @StephBrock23!

We love that in an especially busy month of events and social engagements, instead of letting date night go, Amanda put it at the top of her priorities!

Rachel's daily goal not to check her phone in the morning is such an important reminder! I know I've had my Bible study time derailed by social media more than once, and it's a habit worth breaking.

Mary set a wonderful example of focusing on progress, not perfection by embracing grace about the things she wasn't able to check off in September! She decided to look at her September progress as a launching point and to take on little less in October. Amen!

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Photo by PowerSheets user @erinlauracampbell!

Are you still just struggling to get your October goals on paper? Diana has five brilliant tips for making your monthly goal-setting time happen. It's so important to just give yourself the gift of a few uninterrupted minutes a month to get all the to-dos out of your head and prioritized on paper!

If you've posted your goals somewhere, we'd love to see them! Feel free to drop them in the comments, too–no fancy blog required! We can't wait to take a peek into what this month holds and cheer you on!

Not a PowerSheets user? That's okay, too! You don't need PowerSheets to set intentional goals. Although, our 2018 PowerSheets launch on October 25th, and we think they'd be a handy tool!

Remember, keep sharing your goals with us each month so that we can cheer you on! Whether you're posting in our PowerSheets Facebook Group, leaving us a comment on social media, or using the #PowerSheets hashtag, we love seeing what you are working towards each month!

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