When someone becomes a parent, it’s not uncommon for other things to be put on hold. Plans to pursue a college degree, learn a new language, or play a musical instrument take a back seat to caring for the child.
Nevertheless, as many parents already have demonstrated, it is indeed possible to pursue and realize a personal goal while raising a child. If you’re thinking of doing likewise, consider these tips for how to achieve goals after becoming a parent:
The term “helicopter parent” originally appeared in a book by Dr. Haim Ginott, Between Parent and Teenager (Macmillan Co,1969). Although the term might be older than you perhaps thought, it has the same meaning today as it did then: a parent who is overprotective or too involved in the life of his or her child.
The website parents.com notes that helicopter parenting can have negative consequences for children, including decreased confidence, undeveloped coping and life skills, and increased anxiety. Therefore, it’s important for parents to avoid being overprotective of their children.
Here are a few ways to help prepare your child for the future without helicopter-parenting:
As the final days of summer draw near, heralding a new school year right around the corner, parents and children prepare to transition to a fresh set of challenges: A different teacher or teachers, maybe a different school, and adjusting to different classes and after-school schedules in just a few weeks.
Although your “super family” may handle back-to-school time in stride, it can be helpful to keep some solutions and tricks in your back pocket, in case of a need to tackle a super-rushed morning or a forgotten lunch.
Here are some back-to-school tips to help get the ball rolling:
In the same way that a nurse or physician knows more about the art and science of medicine than someone who isn’t a nurse or physician, a school teacher knows more about the art and science of teaching than someone who isn’t a school teacher.
Concerning school and teachers, how can a parent gain insights that best help their child?
Teachers are more than willing to share information that can help strengthen the parent-teacher relationship and improve the child’s progress and the dynamics of the classroom.
How to benefit from a teacher’s perspective? Here’s what teachers want parents to know:
Toward the end of the senior year of high school, classmates traditionally vote on which members of their class are worthy of being the most likely to succeed, or are the most athletic, or the funniest, or another superlative. More frequently than not, only a limited number of students end up being recognized superlatively – for better or worse.
Whether or not you received this kind of senior-year tribute, take our fun “senior superlatives” quiz to find out which one you really might have deserved: