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Strategic Thinking


Strategic Thinking for Parenting™

“Strategies for parenting” is about a new approach to thinking as parents.


Strategic thinking is a powerful and invaluable skill, one that leads to greater chances of success in whatever decisions you’re involved in. It involves setting goals, developing long-range plans, anticipating the unexpected, analyzing your environment, and even cooperating with competing forces. This kind of thinking applies to parenting.

Strategic thinking is longer broader thinking. Strategic thinking is a process in which people think about, assess, view, and create the future for themselves and others. Strategic thinking is an extremely effective and valuable tool. One can apply strategic thinking to arrive at decisions that can be related to your work or personal life. Strategic thinking involves developing an entire set of critical skills.

The issue most parents face is that strategic thinking doesn’t come naturally. Because most of us are static thinkers who tend to make decisions only for today, strategic thinking skills have to be learned, cultivated, practiced, and applied.

 “Thinking is the ultimate human resource. Yet we can never be satisfied with our most important skill. No matter how good we became, we should always want to be better.” – Edward de Bono

 

We see an opportunity to help parents develop strategic thinking skills. We see strategy used in many real life situations;

 Strategy is used in sports, games, military, business, and even in personal endeavors like home building, and career or vacation planning. Developing strategy allows people to develop approaches that help them to successfully meet the challenges of an often unpredictable future. Throughout history ancient tribes, villages, nations and armies have engaged in strategic thinking in order to improve living standards, extend political influence, conquer enemies, or increase wealth.

Example:


“No” means “No”

This is a strategy for parenting using strategic thinking. This is simple but effective strategic thinking. It is important to be consistent with the use of “no”. If in one situation you say “no” and then you do not stand by your decision; then the “no” becomes “yes”. A child will learn that you do not really mean no and if pressed you will give in. In the best interest of the development of your child; they should know the boundaries of what is a “no” and “yes”. This should be consistent daily and between parents.


The long term impact will affect your communications, discipline, respect and a host of other issues.