Nearly anyone can become a parent without necessarily trying to become a parent. You have a little late night fun and all of a sudden, BAM, you’re a parent! Sure, it isn’t that effortless for everyone, but I know a few of you had no intention of ending up with a little bundle, at least not yet.
Even if you didn’t plan to become a parent, once you become one it’s a good idea to get a plan. You know, set a few goals to help structure your parenting agenda. I prefer to keep things fairly simple, so here is my short list of goals for parenting.
- Keep whining to a bare minimum. Your kids will whine, it’s unavoidable. However, as a parent, I engage in a whole range of activities with the goal of reducing and alleviating the whining. Short term goal.
- Tire them out. If you can exhaust your children on a regular basis, they’ll sleep longer and more easily which will give you more free time. If they aren’t tired enough to sleep, they’re probably whining (see #1 goal). Short term goal.
- Raise an independent and responsible member of society who will support me in my old age. One day, sooner rather than later, I’d like to ensure that the apron strings are irrevocably cut. I don’t want to have to fill out university or employment application forms for my adult child. And further down the road, I want them to have secured an income that will support the extravagant retirement I have planned. Long term goal.
That’s pretty much it for my goals as a parent. What are yours?