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How to Enjoy the Journey of Parenting

by Deborah Song

The enormous responsibility of parenting can make us too focused on reaching goals, which robs us off opportunities to enjoy the journey. We obviously want our kids to become responsible, law-abiding citizens with good jobs, a good family and a good home.

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But when the destination becomes more important than enjoying the journey, our happiness becomes circumstantial. Pressure inadvertently trickles down to our kids. And instead of relishing the cherished moments with your child, and your child with you, it’s tempting to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. It’s important to address these concerns a child’s development as they arise, of course, but it’s also important to know how to live in the moment and appreciate the miracle that is life.

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Being too focused on reaching goals can also translate to missed opportunities for growth, learning and cultivating positive habits and attitudes. It’s also hard to celebrate small milestones and successes when we as parents are so fixated on a goal. But there is another reason why tunnel vision can be costly: we don’t always know what’s best for our kids despite our best intentions.

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