Well & Ready™ rests on five key principles and involves five simple, repeatable steps.
Well & Ready™ Principles:
- Parenting is an imperfect, ever-new, learning occupation
- Self-knowledge is where great parenting starts
- Mindfulness is the single, most important skill you can apply to parenting at every stage
- Strong connections – creating them and maintaining them – is the bedrock upon which children learn to thrive.
- How people thrive is a science. We can apply it to grow thriving kids.
5 Steps to becoming Well & Ready™
Step 1: It all starts with you. Know yourself… as you continue to grow
The way we are raised and our life experiences form our parenting beliefs and approaches – for better or worse. No family or upbringing is perfect – parenting and family life is gloriously imperfect.
Being aware of the ways in which your growing experiences have formed your beliefs, assumptions, values, pet peeves, triggers, and needs will help you be a more effective parent.
- Do you know your default parenting style?
- Do you know what you really want for your kids when they are adults?
- Do you know whether your parenting style will help your child reach those goals?
- Are you aware of your own pet peeves, triggers and buttons that your kids push on?
- Do you know your signature strengths? Your child’s?
- Did you grow up with strong connections with your parents? If not, do you know how to connect with your kids?
This self-awareness is a central part of being a deliberate, well & ready parent. It starts at the beginning and it starts with you.
Step 2: Focus on the stage your child is in
- Ages 3 – 5 (pre-school)
- Ages 5 – 7 (K – gr. 2)
- Ages 8 – 11(gr. 3 – 5/6)
- middle school
- high school
- college or 1st job
Step 3: Learn
- What developmental growth is going on during this stage that matters to being Well & Ready (or thriving) in the future?
- How can you best support this development?
- Which practices can you adopt?
- What skills are needed at this stage or for the next transition?
- What parenting skills do you need during this stage?
Step 4: Personalize
- Which practices align with your values and goals during this stage?
- Which practices work with your child and family?
Step 5: Apply
- Implement the simple, daily or weekly practices that nurture growth and an evolving, thriving human.