Blog

Insights & Reflections for Parents in September: from the Parent Powerline
Thursday, September 1, 2022 by Becky Cerling Powers

On Sundays… we all struggle with lives so busy, that we teeter on – or fall over – the edge of Burnout. How to stay balanced? Usually, we realize we need to pay attention to physical needs (not just the family’s, but our own). So, despite the whirlwind, we must eat right, exercise, rest and sleep. But even that’s not enough. Because we have inner needs, too – like our need for time with friends (person-to-person, not just social media), for mental stimulation to get us thinking, and the needs to grow spiritually and express ourselves creatively. That’s why Parent Burnout Prevention means building routine solutions for meeting personal needs into the fabric of our week.

On Mondays… Do your children know that you are their biggest fan? Kids need warm approval as much as food, and they will be influenced all their lives by the people who praised them in childhood.

On Tuesdays… We know it’s important, but how do we encourage silent reading? Some families give their school age children an early bedtime to allow them time for reading in bed.

On Wednesdays… In my opinion, it’s important to teach children to be thankful, and that begins with simple etiquette – learning to say “please” and “thank you,” and to express appreciation by making thank you phone calls or sending thank you texts and emails.

On Thursdays…the up-and-get-going process goes smoother on school mornings if there’s a family discussion about the process first and a chore chart near the breakfast table that clearly communicates tasks and time limits. Then instead of nagging about each chore, parents can simply ask, “Have you checked off everything on your chart?”

On Fridays… How do we encourage creativity in our kids? It helps a lot to keep a table or other working surface available for projects, and then keep supplies (age appropriate, of course) handy where kids can get them. Children are more apt to start projects if they don’t have to ask us to clear workspace and get out supplies.

On Saturdays… How do you change your mental focus when you’re worried and upset? Listening to spiritual songs helps, but even better is learning the words (by singing along to favorites on audio or taking time to memorize) and then singing them without audio through the day and in the car. Thinking about the words can help move you into a better frame of mind in dark times. And your family benefits from the change in atmosphere.

© 2022 Becky Cerling Powers

Use with attribution only:  www.beckypowers.com

For more parenting insights from Becky Cerling Powers see her book Sticky Fingers, Sticky Minds: quick reads for helping kids thrive 

Share This Blog:


Previous Posts

Insights & Reflections for Parents in September: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
9/1/2022

Figuring Out a Child's Learning Style: insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
8/20/2022

Insights & Reflections for Parents in August: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
8/1/2022

Insights and Reflections for Parents in July: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
7/2/2022

Insights and Reflections for Parents in June: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
6/1/2022

Insights and Reflections for Parents in May: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/1/2022

Toddlers Helping: insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
3/21/2022

Lament - Complaining as Worship: reflections on spiritual warfare in grief & anger
Becky Cerling Powers
3/16/2022

A Dream That Changed Me: reflections on spiritual warfare
Becky Cerling Powers
3/9/2022

Insights and Reflections for Parents in March: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
3/1/2022

Preventing Parent Burnout: insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
2/7/2022

Playing Games with Kids: insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
2/6/2022

Insights and Reflections for Parents in February: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
2/1/2022

Insights & Reflections for Parents in January: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
1/1/2022

Christmas Contentment: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
12/11/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in December: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
12/1/2021

Pied Piper Dad: memorial and parenting reflections from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
11/22/2021

Golden Rule Respect: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
11/12/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in November: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
11/4/2021

Enjoying Money Without Spending it: insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
10/14/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in October: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
10/1/2021

Yes Means Yes, No Means No: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
9/26/2021

The Tire 'Em Out Principle for Long Trips and Schoolwork: insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
9/18/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in September: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
9/1/2021

The Handy Dandy Adaptable Review Game, Cooperation Concentration: Parent Powerline insights
Becky Cerling Powers
8/2/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in August: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
7/30/2021

Camping with Kids: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
7/28/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in July: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
7/1/2021

Why Smart Kids Can't All Read by Age 6: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
6/10/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in June: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/31/2021

Home Style Secrets of Kids' Learning Success: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/24/2021

The Balances of Parenting: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/18/2021

Letting Daughters Grow: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/8/2021

Insights & Reflections for Parents in May: from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/1/2021

Reading Lots of Easy Books Produces Fluent Readers: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
4/22/2021

Reflections for Parents in April, Week Two: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
4/12/2021

Helping Kids with Math: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
4/5/2021

Reflections for Parents in April, Week One: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
4/1/2021

Watching for the Positives: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
3/21/2021

Give Your Children Sticky Minds: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
3/15/2021

Being a Better Parent...One Week at a Time...in March
Becky Cerling Powers
2/28/2021

Preparing to Raise Teens: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
2/18/2021

Reading to Babies: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
2/5/2021

Being a Better Parent....One Week at a Time...in February 2021
Becky Cerling Powers
2/1/2021

Hooray for Mother Goose! Parenting Insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
1/5/2021

Being a Better Parent....One Week at a Time...in January 2021
Becky Cerling Powers
1/2/2021

Working With -- Not Against -- Life Seasons: parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
12/28/2020

Why Play With the Kids? parenting insights from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
12/21/2020

In Praise of Naps: tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
9/28/2020

Music Enriches the Family: tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
9/10/2020

Pre-School at Home During Covid-19: tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
8/21/2020

Parenting in the Mess: Tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
8/16/2020

TALK: A Simple Way to Help Kids with School: tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
7/21/2020

Raising Fluent Readers: tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/29/2020

Family Funnies: Tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
5/22/2020

Let Kids Cure Their Own Boredom: Tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
4/15/2020

The Hundred Chart: math lesson tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
4/8/2020

Household Management During COVID-19 Time: tips from the Parent Powerline
Becky Cerling Powers
3/23/2020

The Love & Diaper (Nappy) Connection
Becky Cerling Powers
10/25/2019