Is messiness a battle in your home?
You’ve heard the saying, “choose your battles,” and I think that especially applies to parenting.
The challenge comes in choosing which battles are worth fighting. I believe that many parents choose to give the battle against messiness a higher priority than it deserves. Messiness should not be totally ignored, but it does not need to be public enemy #1 either.
Messiness: there are other worthwhile battles
Before we talk about how to handle messiness, I want to touch on the battles that are definitely worth your time. Those battles are the ones that focus on habits, actions, and decisions that violate the values you are trying to teach your kids.
For instance, your child lies to you or ignores your warnings against dangerous activities. Those are battles you must fight, for the sake of your family’s health and for your child’s safety.
The for-instances go on and on, depending on what values you uphold in your house. And if you can’t identify your values, this is a good time to define them. Values give you a compass for being a parent, and for being a person. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to actually write them down and refer to them every now and then when you are faced with deciding which battles to fight.
What should you do when the messiness battle rages in your house? Continue Reading.
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