What Kind of Parent Do You Want To Be?

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I’ve been thinking more lately about what I would love my home to look like 5 years from now. The older boys would be 15 by then, and I’ve been realizing that I have a pretty clear picture in my head of what kind of Mom I want to be…what kind of relationship I want to have with the boys and their friends….and what I want the house to be like.

Interestingly, that picture is SO totally unrelated to the person I was ten years ago it’s not even funny. It’s also still a bit distant from who I am today. I’m realizing that if I want to be that person, I have to continue to grow and change as well as intentionally plan to get there.

So what about you? What do you want your household and parenting to look like 5 years from now? How far off is that from where you are today? What changes will you need to make to get there?

I’ll give you my answers to those questions in the comments shortly. πŸ™‚ See you there!

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to think proactively about their parenting.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Polina July 4, 2008, 1:27 pm

    I would love to be a good friend to my daughter, the first person she would share her thoughts/problems with. I would love to be calmer, more peaceful, never-yelling, understanding. For the moment I am not a dream-mommy, but I am working hard on it….

  • Amy July 4, 2008, 3:48 pm

    Hi Polina, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. πŸ™‚ I would like to be that friend and confidante to my boys as well. In addition, I want to create an atmosphere in my home where they feel comfortable bringing their friends to hang out, etc. There’s definitely an ulterior motive there…if they’re hanging out here then I know what they’re doing. πŸ™‚ But we’ll just keep the ulterior stuff to ourselves, shall we?