You are a busy parent.
Doing your job, looking after the house, taking care of the kids.
It's hard to find the time to do anything new, even if you know it is good for you or the kids.
I get it. I'm a parent also, and feel the same.
So here are 6 Tips To Make Time For What Matters you will find helpful. It comes from talking with other parents, doing lots of research and some of my own personal experience.
To make it real, let's apply it to the practice of using the KidCoachApp more often to have meaningful conversations with your kids...
Writing down goals makes it more likely that they will come true. Want to lose 10 pounds? Write it down. Want to get a promotion? Write it down! You probably had a good reason for downloading the KidCoachApp? Write it down! It works even better when you tell somebody else about it (a kind of social contract), so why not tell your partner or friend about it? Maybe it was to connect more with your kids, or to improve their confidence, or to get them talking more? Whatever it was - write it down!
We show up for meetings because they are in the calendar. The person we are meeting does the same! So why not put some “KidCoachApp” time in the calendar too, for both you and your kids? It need only be 5 or 10 minutes long and can be whenever suits you best, e.g. at breakfast, during the school run, at dinner etc. One mum told me that she does hers when the kids are back from school and they are having a “snack and chat.” Before long her kids were expecting the conversation and they are now asking her for the questions!
Life is hectic! Things get forgotten unless we are reminded about them, and visual cues are very effective. Want to exercise more? Leave your trainers by the door. Want to eat better? Put the fruit in front of the chocolate! If you want to use the KidCoachApp more, one neat trick is to move the app icon to your home screen where you will regularly see it. One mum sent me a screenshot of her phone, where the KidCoachApp icon was sandwiched between Facebook and Google. What a great idea!
“Habit stacking” is when you combine one new habit with one old habit, to help the new one stick. One dad told me he does 20 press-ups each time he flicks on the kettle, which I thought was quite a good fitness hack! Each KidCoachApp conversation is designed to be super quick and easy to do and can really fit in anywhere. Having dinner? In the car? Walking to school? Waiting for an appointment? Getting ready for bed? Just pick one moment in the day where you are doing something routine with the kids, and decide to use the KidCoachApp during that time.
You are more likely to do something if you have a partner with you. Want to get fit? Go to the gym with a friend. Want to follow a new diet? Make a pact with a friend. KidCoachApp conversations work really well as a family, so why not do it together with your husband or wife? If your partner is busy you can catch them up on the conversation when they have more time. He or she will love to hear what the kids said and it will be a nice way for you share a memorable experience together.
If you spent £2,000 on a Peloton exercise bike would you use it lots? Probably! The point is that when you make a financial commitment to something you are more likely to use it. Don't worry, the KidCoachApp is far more reasonably priced (about a coffee a month)! The point is that if you have already made the commitment you are more likely to end up using and doing the thing that you know is good for you.
So there you go. I hope these habit-forming tips help. You can apply them to any walk of life, including using the KidCoachApp!
Try the KidCoachApp now with your kids!