5 Ways Parents Can Reflect and Grow

5 Ways Parents Can Reflect and Grow

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I learned to engage in reflection to prepare so I can be more intentional about deciding what worked, what didn’t and what I value. here I could create a better life for myself and my children. Here are five ways parents can spend time on reflecting this year.


  1. Reflect on your wins


One day I was talking to someone and in passing I mentioned a major win.  As I continued talking she interrupted me and told me that she wasn’t going to just let me blow past that major win and not celebrate.  She literally made me spend time in celebration, gratitude, and to feel the moment of that major accomplishment.  It felt good.  


Too often, we are so focused on what went wrong and what didn’t go right that we neglect to celebrate and find gratitude for the things that did go well. Take time to reflect on your wins, because things aren’t all bad or wrong.  


  1. Reflect on lessons learned


There are lessons learned in our wins and things that didn’t go well.  I heard a saying before that said that we will continue to circle the mountain until we learn the lesson.  This is why it’s so important to learn from both wins and the things that can be considered losses or failure.  You can figure out what worked and do it more often.  On the other hand, you can grow and learn from the things that didn’t go as well.


  1. Prepare financially


The beginning of the year is a great time to prepare your spending and financial plan for the upcoming year.  Create your financial goal and priorities.  Also, audit your spending from the previous year to determine how well you managed your money and what you need to maintain, implement, or change in the upcoming year.


  1. Identify toxic thoughts you don’t want to continue in the new year


One day I was talking to my former life coach and she interrupted me mid sentence and asked me, “Would you say these things that you say about yourself to your children or to anyone else?”  I said “no.”  Then she asked me why would I say it to myself.  


Now is a great time to evaluate how you speak to yourself, whether or not you like what you are saying, and how you would like to treat yourself going forward.  Take inventory of the negative thoughts and then replace them with kind thoughts going forward.


  1. Identify relationships that may not need to be continued


People are in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.  If there is someone who is in your life who is toxic and draining, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your relationship with them.  Everyone doesn’t deserve to have access to you and that can include family.  As you create your new year’s plans, consider creating new boundaries and access levels for toxic relationships.


About the author

Aisha Taylor is a single mother of twins who helps corporate moms create the financial foundations to support turning their idea to income so they can exit their full-time job, walk in purpose, and spend more time with their children. Aisha has been featured in Black Enterprise, Jet Magazine, ESSENCE, Go Banking Rates, and The Detroit Free Press. To connect with Aisha, visit www.myideatoincome.com or email [email protected]

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