21 Days to Positive Parenting

I invite you to take the next 21 days to commit to being a more positive parent. Whether you are new to positive parenting or you’ve been practicing it for a long time, we are all works in progress with room for improvement and growth.

Journaling has many benefits, including helping us to clarify our thoughts and solve problems more effectively. Remember the saying, where your attention goes, energy flows. By focusing your attention on your parenting for a few minutes a day for 21 straight days, you’re creative energy will flow in that direction.

The following journal prompts are to help you assess your relationships, thoughts, needs, and goals.

1. What is your relationship with your child like at this moment and how can it be improved?

2. What makes your child feel most loved?

3. What area do you need to improve in? Patience? Consistency? Calmness?

4. What or who inspires you to be a better parent? Why?

5. If you could start over in your parenting journey, what would you do differently? Can you start that now and make a difference?

6. Name one thing that you feel is keeping you from being the parent you want to be. What can you do about this?

7. What part of the day causes the most stress and how can it be changed?

8. Which of your child’s behaviors triggers you the most? Why?

9. What is the most important thing you can do for your child today?

10. Are your expectations of your child too high? Too low? Age appropriate?

11. Are your expectations of yourself too high?

12. Name 5 good qualities that your child possesses.

 13. How can you put a spotlight on the good qualities you named yesterday?

14. Is there one regret that you’re holding on to? Can you forgive yourself and let it go?

15. What wishes or hopes do you have your children?

16. What will you miss most when this season of parenthood is over? How can you savor it more today?

17. What can you do when you feel angry to keep from yelling? Write 3 actions you can take and plan to use them.

18. Is your to-do list too full? Are you stretched too thin? What can you let go of?

19. What habits do you have that you don’t want your child to pick up? What is your plan for dropping those habits?

20. What is your ultimate parenting goal?

21. What do you want your legacy to be?

Along with each journal prompt, write the answer to the following questions in your journal each day.

  1. Was I present today?
  2. How well did I handle my emotions?
  3. Did I connect with my child today?
  4. Did we play?
  5. What can I improve on tomorrow?

This post was adapted from chapter 17 of The Newbie’s Guide to Positive Parenting. For more positive parenting tips, visit www.positive-parents.org

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