Building Self-Esteem and ConfidenceOctober 10, 2023
Parenting can be a rollercoaster of emotions and we all need a little help along the way. When we lived in North Carolina, my husband Robert, attended a class called "Daddy Boot Camp" just before our oldest son, J. Morgan, was born.
This unique class, taught by experienced dads, turned out to be a game-changer. It emphasized the importance of coping strategies for the stresses of parenting.
One invaluable strategy he learned was the "20/20 rule."
20/20: Here's how it works
Recognize the Need
Take a Breather
But what about single parents?
The 20/20 rule can still be a lifeline...
Adaptation for Single Parents
Place your infant safely in their crib with no distractions. Then, take your 20-minute break, whether it's sitting outside or using noise-canceling headphones. You can keep the monitor on, but muting it is recommended to fully unwind.
This coping strategy has universal appeal
🌍 Anywhere, Anytime
The beauty of the 20/20 rule is its flexibility. You can apply it wherever you are, whenever you need it. It doesn't matter if you're at home, visiting family, or on vacation—it's always at your disposal.
🤝 Support and Reconnect
Most importantly, the 20/20 rule promotes teamwork and shared responsibility. It's a fantastic way for both parents to get the break they deserve and come back refreshed and ready to face the challenges together.
Parenting can be overwhelming and every parent needs strategies to help manage the stress. The 20/20 rule is a simple yet effective tool that can be a game-changer for new parents. Give it a try, and you'll find that taking a break when needed can make a world of difference in your parenting journey.