They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but in fact this is "the minimum amount of time needed to adapt to a new change...
New research from a study conducted by Phillippa Lally, a health psychology researcher at University College London shows that...on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact." (JamesClear.com)
So, how does all this connect with parenting? Well many of you reading this have been wanting to or currently working on your parenting to better it. If that's the case, I share this to remind us that it all takes time. Be patient with yourself, be forgiving and most of all (especially in the times we slip up) don't judge. Get back on that horse and follow through on your commitment to yourself and your children. Changing your parenting habits will have its good days and bad days, but that doesn't take away from the forward moving steps you're taking on those good days. Embrace the reality that this is a process that takes time and self discipline. I know it's hard to go at it alone, which is why I've worked with so many to make these new habits a reality. It takes managing your expectations and creating incremental steps towards progress. It is possible.
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