Great Parenting Requires a Plan. Here’s How to Build One.

You wouldn’t buy a house or choose a partner without putting some thought and research into it, and parenting is no different. Learn to parent proactively here.
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April 22, 2019
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Every single day, I hear the same comments from parents in my pediatrician office, on my blog, in response to my emails. They are all basically saying the same thing: I’m scared. So many parents feel that the world today is crazy and that it’s a really tough place to raise kids.

They’re not wrong. The truth is that there is reason to be scared. You turn on the news and see violence and cruelty around the world. Thousands of voices on television and social media clamor for our children’s attention. Guns are in schools, the media is over sexualized and today’s tv shows and movies portray disrespectful, self-centered kids.

This along with the social-media-driven world we live in, in which kids spend 40% of their waking hours looking at a screen, and where their online persona takes precedence over who they are in real life, and it’s clear that parents today really are living in some of the scariest times in our culture.

Because of this, I hear parents tell me over and over that they do not know how to handle a specific tough conversation with their son or a certain unexpected interaction with their daughter.

Adults do not know what to do and what to say in the times we’re living, so they end up parenting reactively, rather than proactively. They are parenting without a plan. And to raise great kids within today’s complex, scary world, you must have a proven plan.

Think about this. You wouldn’t enter any other area of your life without a plan. You don’t go into a presentation at work not knowing what you will say. You don’t purchase a home without scoping out the neighborhoods and the school systems first. You don’t buy a car without researching the safest options online.

Most of life requires at least some level of planning to be successful. Parenting is no different.

You might be feeling overwhelmed right now at the thought of developing a plan for parenting your children. Where do you begin? Is it too late? What is the plan?

For the past 15 years, I’ve been researching this exact thing—the best plan for parents with children at every age and stage. From this research and from listening attentively to my own patients and their families, I’ve developed a series of parenting resources that cover everything you need to know about how to be a parent to a great kid.

From the strong-willed child to instilling character and humility, to keeping teens safe from sex, drugs, and alcohol, whatever you are facing today with your child, I have a plan for you. You just have to implement it.

Happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids are not just born. They are raised.

The truth is that happy, healthy, well-adjusted kids are not just born. They don’t just happen. They are raised. And in order to raise great kids, you must have a plan.

There is no better day than today to invest in your child. The world is crazy, and how you parent matters. Start building your plan for parenting today – and when better to start than the beginning of a New Year?

Dr. Meg Meeker, MD

Practicing pediatrician, parent, grandparent, coach, speaker, and author. Say hello @MegMeekerMD

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