Welcome to The Implementing Change Workgroup!
This is an experiment. The plan is for this workgroup to offer informal peer support to early learning professionals and parents seeking to implement change in the way they care for themselves, or the way they care for the children in their lives.
At this point, you may want to check out this post that originally introduced The Implementing Change Workgroup.
Making change is challenging. It’s hard to do on your own. Three things that seem to help are:
- Publicly declaring what you want to change and your intention to make that change.
- Holding yourself accountable to others.
- Having a dependable support system.
The plan is for this workgroup to be a place where interested people can come together and work at change. Here’s how:
Make A Declaration
Use the comment section below to declare what you want to change.
The more specific the declaration the better–it’s best to limit the scope of the change so that you’re not setting yourself up for failure by taking on too much at once. Start small. Make it doable.
For example, “I’m going to have more patience with my kids” is pretty general and covers a lot of ground. Something more like, “I’m going to stop yelling at my kids when I feel rushed on hectic weekday mornings” is more specific.
After you get in the habit of not yelling when the kids dawdle over their morning bowls of SugerMunchies, you can move on to another bit of change you’d like to make.
After making your public declaration, you can use the comments section of this page to check in. Let the group know how your efforts are proceeding. Did you make it out of the house without yelling today? Did you catch yourself mid-yell and then modulate your tone when First Born Child wiped her maple syrup covered hands on the cat?
Knowing that you’re expected to check in and be accountable for your actions can help you be more mindful in the moment. “I really want to yell about the sticky cat BUT I don’t want to tell everyone I yelled about the sticky cat because I no longer want to be Yelling Mom.
Receive (And Give) Support
The comment section on this page can also be a place to reach out for support in your efforts to change: “What’s the best way to get syrup out of cat fur?” and to cheer on and lift up your peers as they try to make their own changes: “Three days in a row without stopping at Doughnut Mountain for a Fudge Yummy Breakfast Explosion on your way to work! Congratulations!”
Another key to making lasting change is to stick to it. To keep moving forward. It takes daily effort to develop the new habits necessary and to make the desired change part of your life.
Our hope here at Playvolution HQ is that this workgroup becomes a solid foundation for supporting your efforts at implementing change.
To make that a bit easier, we’re even setting up a daily Implementing Change Workgroup Reminder email for anyone who thinks it’d be helpful. It’ll just be quick reminder to keep moving forward and to check in here with an update. You can sign up here (there are other mailing lists you can join at the link too).
Positive And Kind
At the moment those are the only rules we have for what happens here: Be Positive and Be Kind. Hopefully that will be enough.
Will It Work?
Who knows? The only way to find out is to jump in and give it a try. What do you have to lose?