Parenting decisions overwhelming you? Learn how you can make decisions without the overwhelm.
As a parent you are constantly making decisions. From day one there is the question of breast or bottle fed? What kind of diapers will you use? Will you vaccinate or not? The decisions only continue as your child grows and you have to decide how to discipline and what to do about schooling for your child.
It can be overwhelming and send you into survival mode as you think about all of the decisions you have to make. However, instead of being overwhelmed and stressed by the decisions, we can learn to make decisions with clarity as parents.
4 Tips for Making Parenting Decisions
Seek God’s wisdom
With every decision, commit it to prayer. Honestly, this is something I have to work on because my first reaction is to act. However, there is so much good that can come from stopping and praying. Really ask God what to do with the different decisions and I believe He will give you peace in one direction or the other.
Seek the advice of trusted friends and mentors.
It is important that you consider who you are seeking your advice from. When I am needing marriage advice, I am intentional about who I seek advice from. The same goes for parenting.
Make a decision and step forward in confidence.
Many times as soon as we make a decision about something I hear an opposing view and immediately question myself. I remember one occasion when our oldest was heading to kindergarten. We had prayed about the decision, sought advice, and decided to go with our local public school. However, a week before school started, I heard a friend talking about homeschooling and the homeschooling community. Immediately, I sent my husband a text asking if we were doing the right thing.
Thankfully, he reassured me and we have been extremely happy with public school, but it just shows that we can so easily be strayed from our decisions.
Sometimes, you may need to change course after making parenting decisions, but it is also important to have confidence in your decision.
There is not one perfect way.
Ultimately, with parenting there is not one perfect way. You will even find theta with different kids, different discipline methods work better. As we are confident in our own decisions, we can then respect the decisions of others.
Do you struggle with making decisions as a parent?