My 18 Year Plan

How to plan out your children's childhood and how you will spend your Motherhood

I was listening to my new favorite podcast, Working Motherhood, over the weekend.  I discovered this podcast because I was a guest on it (so much fun!)

So I listened to Marci Fair’s episode and in it she talks about her 18 year plan.  It sounded daunting, but the more I listened the more I was excited to start it!

The 18 year plan maps out the kind of childhood you want your children to have. 

The 18 year plan
The 18 year plan

The plan is based on your core values.

“Core values are ideals that are personally important and meaningful for you and draw you forward.”

My core values are Achievement, Bliss , Competency, Courage, Family, Gratitude, Helping others, Mindfulness, and Respect.  For my plan, I'll focus on Bliss, Gratitude, Helping others, and Respect.

I never thought to envision what kind of childhood my children would have.  I thought I’d just wing it!  But then the idea of setting goals around my children’s childhood and the kind of motherhood I wanted was just too tempting not to take on!

So here’s what I have thus far…

In the podcast, Marci said to brainstorm about your own childhood and what was best about it.

For me, this was trips to the ice cream stand, hiking in the woods, playing in the pool, going to the park down the street, playing badminton or volleyball with my family, and going to the beach.

Notice that all of these things didn’t cost a lot of money!

Next, she recommends consistently asking your kids what they like to do.

My 6-year-old son wants to build Legos (I strongly dislike Legos, but I’ll suck it up), play with Transformers, and have me play Skylanders on the Wii with him.

My 4-year-old daughter wants to play tea party, swing on the swing, and dance.

My 1-year-old giggles while watching her brother & sister play, so for now that will do.

 

This plan is going to rock?  Why?

I'm a planner!  I'm in my element here!

Also, it helps relieve Mommy Guilt!  Planning gives you more control over your happiness and your family's happiness.  It’s a win-win!

 

If you want more info on an 18 year plan, go listen to the podcast, it’ll be well worth your time!  Or even better, go buy "Tilt: 7 Solutions to Be a Guilt-Free Working Mom", by Marci Fair, she goes into all the details of an 18 year plan.With summer break coming up, this 18 year plan idea has great timing.  You don’t have to spend a lot of cash to make it a fun summer, just follow the plan.

All my kids want to do is swim, swing, and play.

I can do that!

 ~Lizzy

www.lizzymc.com

 

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