How to be a More Involved Parent

How to be a More Involved Parent

Sometimes it can be difficult to strike a healthy balance between the different areas of your life. Whenever something is urgent, everything else takes a back seat until the issue is resolved. But a happy and successful life requires more than just putting out fires, it requires proactive involvement in the areas of your life that deserve cultivation and nurturing, like your family.IMG_4477
Coca-Cola CEO Brian Dyson interprets that work-life balance as a juggling act with five balls, “You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.”

In the interest of preserving that glass ball for family, a greater commitment to being a more involved parent is often a great step in the right direction. While being a helicopter parent can backfire, a healthy and emotionally supportive relationship takes time and effort to build. If you’re not quite sure how to go about making that happen, we have some ideas for you. Let’s take a look with this easy guide to being more involved with your child’s life.

1) Give Coaching a Try
If your children are in the elementary and middle school age range, one of the best ways to get involve is through sports. Setting the foundation for a lifelong commitment to exercise, an understanding of cooperation and teamwork, and giving them a fun outlet to exhaust some energy, sports often play an essential role in childhood development.

For parents, getting involved is easy. If you have a basic understanding of the sport or played on a team yourself back in the day, try offering to be a team coach. You’ll spend more time with your child in a productive setting and probably get into better shape yourself while you’re at it.

If you’re not able to make that significant of a time commitment, you can still get involved with your child by volunteering to help out with the team. Order some fun custom t-shirts with the team name and logo from, or offer to bring snacks for the next game. No matter how you contribute, taking the time to show up for games and practices every once in a while can go a long way.

2) Help Them With Their Schoolwork

On the academic side of things, helping your child develop a love of learning is a great way to bond as well as set your child up for a bright future. While telling your children to do their homework is essential, sitting down with them and helping answer their questions is a nice way to be more involved. It might take a while to remember your long division, but your kids will breeze through their homework much more quickly with the support of their parent.

3) Plan Regular Weekend Day Trips

Not everything should be about teamwork skills and academic preparation. Sometimes, you just need to get out and do something fun. If you have a free weekend coming up, try taking your kids on a daytrip somewhere in your area. Cultural trips to museums are historical sites are fun, or just heading to the beach on a sunny day works as well. It’s less important where you’re heading as much as it’s important that you’re spending time together and having fun while you’re at it.

Taking an active interest in your child’s life isn’t too complicated, all it takes is some time commitment and a little bit of effort. But if you follow this guide, you’ll be a more involved parent before you know it!

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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