When Should Good Parenting Start?

Believe it or not, good parenting should start way before we become parents because of the habits we are developing and the Internet.

Habits are things we do without thinking about them. We perform certain behaviors that most likely we’re not even aware of. But, regardless, we’re still doing it. Hey, what can I say? Doing things that we are not fully cognizant of, is the definition of habits.

Since our daily behaviors go on auto-pilot, then doesn’t it make sense for us to develop good habits that move us closer toward our goals, rather than bad habits that will move us farther away from our goals? Of course it does! So, when should we start to develop these good habits? Well, we should have started last year. But, since we probably didn’t start last year, or even yesterday, then we’ll just have to start today, okay? Hey, someday our kids will be counting on our good habits to help make their lives a little easier.

Next, we all have a digital trail. Our kids will be able to look up some of our own digital pictures of some of our young, irresponsible and foolish behaviors. And then we’re going to try to tell them to act responsible.” Hmm… This future parental advice is going to be a really tough sell, don’t you agree?

The stuff we do right now, in terms of both our habits and our foolish young behaviors, which anybody with a phone can take a picture of and post, can haunt us. Sadly, our present day bad habits and bad behavior caught on someone’s phone can come back to sabotage our best efforts to do the right thing and be good parents someday.

Now, as my Granddaddy always said, “Go learn, lead and lay the way to a better world for all of us.” When should good parenting start? Right away! You don’t have to wait until you become a parent to prepare to become to a parent. And once again parents, thanks in advance for all that you do, and all that you will do…