What if parenting really wasn't that complicated? Hard...yes...but it doesn't have to be complicated!
When we are aware of our goals and we spend the majority of our time working toward our goals then we don't have time for a lot of distraction...ultimately keeping life simple!
THINK Sit down and really think about what values are most important to you and also your significant other or co parent. Is painting the playroom something you have time for or is going to Disney World something that will be fun or will it be stressful?
FOCUS Put down your cell phone when spending time with your child, get down on the floor with them, and take the time to be structured and always one step ahead of them.
LISTEN We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. If we don't listen to our children and instead always try to do what we THINK our children want/need than we can confuse the situation and create our own problems. The truth is we don't know everything that our children need and if we listen to them we will get to know who they really are, understand them, and build a mutually respectful relationship.
ELIMINATE Maybe it's time to get rid of toys the children aren't using or cut back on activities. Pay attention to clues to assess what your child needs. For example, if getting ready for dance class is always a fight with your child, maybe it's time to rethink dance classes altogether.