LOVE GOLF – LOVE PARENTING!
What do Golf and Parenting have in common?
Rules of the Game
Golf and Parenting: Patience, Persistence, Perseverance, Presence, Participation.
Golf: It’s difficult to achieve the perfect stroke in Golf. Work on your stance, balance and swing. Being consistent in your approach makes it easier to gain the desired outcomes.
Parenting: Consistency in Parenting is also difficult. Being consistent with rules, boundaries, communication and love is essential to achieve positive outcomes for your children.
Golf: The right clubs, balls, shoes and gloves make the game possible. They only improve the game when used appropriately.
Parenting: Equipment that can complement parenting skills include, books, toys and sometimes computers. When used appropriately, they can help enhance the parenting experience.
Golf: Nature or Nurture? You can have a natural talent for golf but it has to go alongside practice. Improvement is only possible through the nurture of skills.
Parenting: Some parents find parenting easier than others but in all cases there has to be a continuing drive to practice and mature skills to be effective.
The Obstacles – Challenges and Hazards
Golf: It can be the golfer’s best friend or worst enemy. The golfer has to have a plan for all weathers.
Parenting: In Parenting there are good and bad days. If you can have a plan it will help. Sharing Parenting can help you with strategies for those bad weather days.
Golf: They are there to test us. A way to avoid the bunker is consistent play. The way to get-out of a bunker is to stay steady, maintain a firm footing, and measure your swing. Leave the bunker as it was with no damage.
Parenting: When you are in the Parenting Bunker, work on maintaining your focus and continue to apply consistent rules and clear communication. Ensure the child’s self-esteem remains intact as you overcome the problems.
Golf: A bad stance = a bad stroke. Adjust and maintain what you know to be the optimum stance.
Parenting: In parenting, a bad stance will promote negativity and a mis-firing in communication. Aim for an assertive, not aggressive style for optimum results.
Golf: In golf there is always a time constraint.
Parenting: Time Pressure for parents is constant.
Golf: – Don’t dwell on errors. Just be determined to return to best practice as you have been shown.
Parenting: As a parent, don’t beat yourself up when things go wrong. Again, return to what you know to be effective practices.
Golf and Parenting: For both Golf and Parenting – Expensive!
Golf and Parenting: Immeasurable.
Happy Golfing – Happy Parenting
Sharing Parenting might not be able to help improve your golf (!) but it can certainly help with your parenting goals. Contact us for more parenting support.