Last week, I wrote about the “merit badge mindset” — how we could give ourselves the satisfaction of external rewards and validation for things that we’re largely doing for ourselves. This is why I sign up for races and track my runs in a log. I’m doing the same with book promotion, logging my progress as I commit to doing multiple things each day on that project.
The more I think about it, though, the more I realize how perfect parenting is for merit badges. Talk about something that requires lots of small projects, day after day, for little external validation. There’s no pay and no promotions. But why not merit badges? I could see stitching some of these myself (or posting them on Facebook in e-patch form, I suppose). A few I’d like to see:
* A badge for getting my kids to school on time on the days both boys have pre-school. After making pancakes. And feeding a baby.
* A badge for getting my kids to sit still at the table for an entire 10 minutes at meal time and eat something from the vegetable food group
* A badge for filling the freezer with pumped milk. That definitely deserves a merit badge.
* A badge for reading “Madeline’s Rescue” for the 10th time and still reading it with feeling
What would you like to get a parenting merit badge for?
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