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Are You a Celebratory Parent?

In the book "The Parent You Want to Be," Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott share some great thoughts about being celebratory parents. Please allow me to share some of their thoughts with you with a few of my own thrown in!


When you grew up, what events were big deals? What rituals did you cherish? Were milestones important? How much did your family celebrate both big and little victories and events? Every celebratory parent knows the value of commemorating milestones.


The one who celebrates, according to the dictionary, "shows happiness that something good or special has happened." Celebratory parents plan special times to celebrate when good things happen. We want to validate and cement these times in our memories.


By celebrating our kid's milestones we say to them that they are important, we are tuned in to them, and we are delighted and excited when good and special things happen to them.


Celebratory parents set aside their tasks at times in order to celebrate with their children.


Celebratory parents maximize a surprise—really milk it!


Celebratory parents record their child's experiences through journals, photos, keepsakes or whatever makes the child see the memory in a tangible way.


Celebratory parents underscore accomplishments—not just the huge ones, but small steps too.


"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
Oprah Winfrey


"While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed."
Mattie Stepanek

So, think of the events that were celebrated in your life. If your parents weren't celebratory parents, then become that for your children. Ritual and celebration are important stepping stones in a life that feels appreciated and significant. Enjoy and celebrate!

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