Creating Your Own Custom Mothering Plan

What I promise to give you in this book is a way to create your own individual, custom-made, best-possible, state-of-the-art plan, called A Mother's Promise, for raising good kids. This Mother's Promise is based not only on what academic and clinical research has proven but also on what hundreds of real moms say matters most and really works. Best yet, if you follow the promise you make to yourself and your children—your very own personalized mothering plan—you get off the Sacrificial Motherhood Mania bandwagon, become the real mother you know you should be, and raise kids who will not only survive but thrive without you.

My greatest hope is that you will apply the simple secrets in this book to your own family. So here are my suggestions: Read each story and then take a few minutes to reflect on whether the secret is one you would like to use with your children. If so, continue reading the tips, strategies, and advice other moms give as to how they've incorporated the secret into their lives. Then ask yourself the most important question: How would I use the secret in my own parenting? But don't just think about it—if you really want to use the habit, then plan exactly how you will use it with your children. After all, the more you think through what you want to do, the greater the chances you will succeed. Finally, I urge you to write your plan on a special form I've created for you called A Mother's Promise, found on pages 54-57. If you take just a few minutes to jot down your promise at the end of each chapter, you will have created your own unique mothering plan for your family.

A MOTHER'S PROMISE

REAL MOM'S SECRET 1: A Mother Who Loves Teaches Worth

The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help enhance my child's self-esteem is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 2: A Mother Who Is Firm and Fair Gives Her Children a Moral Code to Live By The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to cultivate in my child a feeling of stability, personal responsibility, and inner direction is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 3: A Mother Who Listens Shows Her Children They Matter

The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help my child develop confidence about his identity and a feeling of significance and acceptance is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 4: A Mother Who Is a Good Role Model Gives Her Children an Example Worth Copying The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help my child acquire patience, self-control, and strong values is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 5: A Mother Who Teaches Values Inspires Character

The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help nurture in my child empathy, strong character, and a moral compass is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 6: A Mother Who Supports Her Children's Strengths Builds Their Confidence The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help my child develop confidence about her unique identity and natural strengths is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 7: A Mother Who Encourages Independence Cultivates Self-Reliance The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help build in my child self-reliance and resourcefulness is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 8: A Mother Who Applauds Effort Nurtures Perseverance

The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help my child develop internal motivation and stick-to-itiveness is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 9: A Mother Who Accepts Her Children's Shortcomings Nurtures Resilience The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help my child develop optimism and a bounce-back attitude is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 10: A Mother Who Takes Time for Her Children Helps Them Build Strong Relationships The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to nurture a healthy and loving relationship with my child is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 11: A Mother Who Laughs Teaches Joy

The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to help me develop happiness and joy with my child is

REAL MOM'S SECRET 12: A Mother Who Takes Care of Herself Holds Together Her Happy Family The one thing I'll promise to do over the next 21 days to use this secret in my mothering to give my child a stronger feeling of security, happiness, and optimism is

Trust yourself.

You know more than you think you do.

Dr. Benjamin Spock part two

Single Parenting Becoming the Best Parent For Your Child

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