Strategic Thinking for Parenting™
“Strategies for parenting” is about a new approach to thinking as
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.
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
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.
“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.