Thank goodness the majority of adults agree with this statement made in the title of this blog! We make it our aim to raise our children the best we know how.
The question isn’t if it is a goal; the question is more how we are going about achieving this goal? Read any book on goal-setting and it is loud and clear that achieving a goal requires conscious decision and effort. It is not enough to just hope we achieve the goal. We are to keep the most important goals constantly in front of us, and make it our highest priority day in and day out. If we don’t stay focused and work on the goal, we may achieve something less or not achieve the goal at all.
So when it comes to raising our children, do we really have a plan for achieving this goal, or is it like one of those resolutions we state and may – or may not – achieve? If goal success requires conscious decision and effort, what might that look like when it comes to raising our children?
One idea is to consciously decide to find something to T.E.L.L. your child every day. Consciously try and teach, encourage, listen, and love them. Place a reminder on your phone, on your refrigerator, on your laptop, on your bathroom mirror. “I will T.E.L.L. my child today!”
Keep this most important goal right in front of you. Make it a priority day in and day out! Instead of merely hoping we are raising our children, let’s make it our constant effort to T.E.L.L.them. Maybe then we can start to achieve one of our primary goals – raising our future.