Is this video precious? This is soooo unscripted! Our 8-year old Garrett and I have a “tradition” of going out on a “date” 2x a week after school… whether it’s just a small picnic at Huntington Beach Central Park, the library, a short stroll at the beach or just a quick drive through or Starbucks run! We always make it a point to do something after school.
Yesterday, we were heading home from taking a walk at Central Park, he borrowed my iPhone and started filming himself! I was so surprised that I just let him go for it! What was so funny for me is that he absolutely mirrors the things I do… he sees me hold my iPhone or pocket camera with one hand as I create my videos and now, he too does the same!
Garrett truly understands what I do for a living as he sees my passion for it. However, he also knows that my priority is family. It’s not the quantity of time I spend with him but it’s the quality…
What sparked this blog post was when I saw this video and how Garrett truly is my Number #1 Fan! The awesome thing is that he’s the same way with his Dad… he calls Gary his “hero”. They have a truly special relationship!
As parents, it’s so rewarding to hear our children rave about us! I know that’s how I felt when Garrett started talking about me… (You could probably hear me laugh my heart out on the video!) There’s no feeling like it!
I am not saying Garrett is “perfect” as he definitely has his moments of defiance and constantly testing Mommy and Daddy on how much stuff he can get away with. Yes, he has been disciplined and experienced consequences for his choices but most of the time, he truly is a gem!
So, I thought I’d share with you my “Top 10 Parentpreneur Secrets on How To Have Your Children As Your Number #1 Fans!”
1) Carve out time for them – go on “dates”.
2) Always make them feel important by LISTENING to their stories (even if you’ve heard it 1000 times!
3) Laugh and be silly with them – give them lots of hugs!
4) Let them understand the nature of your work and how what you do positively impacts others.
5) Invite them to live meetings or seminars where children are allowed.
6) As much as possible, don’t argue w/ your spouse in front of them.
7) Tell them “I love you…” often at the least expected times.
8) Share with them about God’s love and how honoring and respecting parents is high on His list.
9) Discipline is not just about spanking but asking, hearing and understanding why they did what they did.
10) Making dinner time “sacred” – a time where family gets to talk and share!
I don’t have any degrees in psychology or family counseling but I am sharing what has worked for me and my family.
I would love to hear your parenting secrets, tips and traditions! Please share on the comments below…
Cheering You On To Your Success!