Parenting is one of the hardest things a human being will ever do. In a fast-paced, noisy world, it’s easy to lose our way. How do you get back on track as a parent when you discover you’ve gotten off course?
We travel a lot. In fact, lately it seems we’re in a different city every other week. We love it, and wouldn’t trade it, but the flight portion of our travel becomes routine. Sometimes we just put ourselves in cruise control en route to a speaking engagement because we’re so used to flying. The other day, however, I happened to have my earbuds out when the flight attendant walked down the aisle to demonstrate the safety features of the aircraft.
I was struck by something she said (and did). As she walked past my seat, she demonstrated how to put on the aircraft oxygen mask in the event that the plane lost cabin pressure. She said, “Parents, make sure your mask is securely fastened and then ensure your child’s mask is securely fastened.” You first.
Why? It’s simple really. If you don’t take care of yourself first, and you pass out from lack of oxygen, your child could be in serious danger. It’s a perfect illustration for the critical need we have to set boundaries for ourselves, find rest for ourselves, and take care of ourselves as parents, so we can be at our best for our children. In this first session, we share the value of creating boundaries for ourselves, first and foremost.
Listen To The Podcast.
Notes and Quotes from the Show.
I mentioned this quote by Andy Stanley at the beginning of the show but want to share it again, because it’s applicable to our parenting…
[shareable]Your direction, not your intention, determines your destination. -Andy Stanley[/shareable]
Here are a few other take-aways we shared during the show…
[shareable]People lose their way when they lose their why. -Michael Hyatt[/shareable]
When it comes to healthy boundaries for ourselves, and why they’re important, we shared this…
[shareable]If you’re not healthy, your children won’t be healthy.[/shareable]
We hope you enjoyed this first episode in our 3-part series, Parenting On Purpose. Make sure you tune in next week as we share session 2. We’d also love to hear your thoughts on this topic so feel free to leave a comment below or send us an email here.
[reminder]Have you struggled with setting boundaries for yourself as a parent? What has been the hardest part?[/reminder]