Here are a few tips to define success, integrate your parenting goals into your daily activities, and shift your thought process to be more proactive and less reactive:

1. Appreciate your child’s unique personality and talents. Children come into the world with their own personality. While we can guide, support, and influence some aspects of their behavior, who they are at the core is pretty well established in utero! That’s part of what makes them unique and precious, and they should be celebrated.

2. Decide what parenting success means to you. Imagine a point in your child’s future (college graduation, wedding, etc.) when you will reflect on the adult your child has become. Set the platform to be proud of the wonderful person they have become, respecting their inherent traits as well as the values they hold and how they treat others and make decisions.

3. Set an intention to succeed. Set the image of parenting success clearly in your head and act as if it were a fait accompli. Make a commitment to make your success image come true.

4. Make a plan and make it easy. For each of the most important success factors, identify ways you can model to your children that value or behavior while you go about your everyday life. Get your children involved in the process. This is your opportunity to be proactive and reinforce positive actions each day.

5. Review at different stages in your child’s life. Find a way to remind yourself of your intention and your action plan. Review it periodically to make sure it is still relevant to you and appropriate to your children’s’ ages and interests. One of the best ways to ensure that you stay on track with any goal is to find an accountability partner – your spouse, a friend, a coach.

When you consciously and intentionally model the traits and behaviors you wish for your child, your opportunities to foster those values grow exponentially. You may never get a formal performance appraisal for your job as a parent, but it’s nice to know that you’ve done everything you can to help your child be the best person they can be. Now that’s a job well done!

There are 4 steps.

1. Notice something you like that your child is doing. Ignore the
negative unless it will hurt themselves or others.

2. Notice how you feel when they are doing something that you like.

3. Say it! ("I feel.....that you....")

4. Notice how your child responds.

Can Do.

1. Notice what you don't want your child to do.

2. Think of something that your child can do instead.

3. Tell your child what they can do.

4. Help your child if necessary.

So it goes like this. You notice that your child is heading out to the road. You don't want them to do that so you think of something else they can do like look at a pretty flower you see by your house. So you ask them to come over to look at the flower and go over and guide them to the flower if they still head over to the road. That's overly simplified but it's basically positive redirection.

They said that it's important not to say don't. So instead of saying don't go into the road you are giving them positive options that they can do.

Author's Bio: 

Learn and Grow Together was founded in 2005, as a simple way to get information across to parents in the Albany, NY area. I wanted to provide information, advice, and parenting humor to friends and others in my area. Since I was 12, my passion has been to help families and children of all ages and abilities. At the age of 15, I had my first child care job at a friend's in home child care center. This is when I knew that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I started taking some advanced courses in high school for early childhood development and child psychology. I then took majored in Early Childhood Development and Education in college and did an internship at the college day care. From there I also got an Associates in Business, in which I graduated Magna Cum Laude. I was originally going to start my own day care center, but I got pulled in another way! I wanted to help families on an individual level.