It’s easy for parents to skip over some accomplishments and jump right to the next thing – the undone dishes, the afternoon homework battle – but learning to identify and celebrate your family’s success, even if it’s small, can really help to create positive momentum and lead to lasting change.
Maybe this is the first morning you made it out of the house without an argument in months. But YOU DID IT. And it’s worth a little celebrating!
Change does happen, slowly but surely. The following strategy for celebrating success can help your family recognize and build on your accomplishments.
- Be aware of success, no matter the size. Change comes in small moments! It’s easy to overlook small accomplishments. Recognizing success when it happens is an important first step.
- Acknowledge the success with your family. This is your moment to be a cheerleader. Parenting is such hard work, it may feel difficult to celebrate something small when larger things still need work. But this is a chance to bring positive energy into your family.
- Focus on the success and celebrate it. We’re not suggesting you go overboard, but stay with your success for a little while. Talk about it, why it happened, and how happy and proud you are.
- Keep the momentum going. What if you make it to school and work on time every day this week? Pizza party! Or perhaps extra video game time for your kids. Set a goal and get excited.
Can you find a small success to recognize today? Let us know how it goes for you.
Denise R., Empowering Parents Coach
Denise Rowden is a parent of two teens: an 18-year-old daughter and a 19-year-old son. She has worked in Special Education, Alternative Education and adolescent group homes. She has a BS in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine and is currently working on her Life Coach certification from the International Coach Federation.