Probably the most important part of raising the child is the implementation of your plan. The execution is arguably the most difficult stage, since you must face the challenges of current circumstances. For example, if the child is very stubborn, you will have to determine the appropriate discipline for that will not squelch his creativity.
As with execution of any plan, communication is the key to success. The same applies for parenting. It is essential that parents have consistency in their execution. The child will pit one parent against the other if there is no consistency.
If you do not think this happens in a project, just look at a project manager that does not wield consistency in their communications. The project team tends to perform independent tasks until the project is fraught with delays and then fails.
In addition to communication, a timeline is as important in the execution as it is in the planning phase. You can standardize your timeline with the average timing for certain events (turning over, crawling, etc.) or use a baseline from others in your family.
As for long-term goals like college, it is best to see what your child’s interests are at any one time in their life and then facilitate that interest through incentives as the time for higher education nears. Again, communication is the key, but also timing is essential. If you consider both of these, execution of the plan will come together.