Parenting with Purpose.
Isn’t that what we all want to do? To be intentional, responsive, and proactive in our relationships with our children. The thing is … that’s hard. I mean, what does it look like? And especially what does it look like in the midst of the daily chaos in our homes?
How do we walk that line between “Don’t Provoke” and “Do Instruct”?
Here are 10 ways to parent with purpose:
- Don’t do those things that drive your kids crazy!! Sounds simple, but really … if he hates it when you call him by a pet name in front of his peers, don’t do it.
- Do speak well of your children. Do it in front of them … let them hear you (or overhear you) sharing what you love about them.
- Don’t nag. Just like this doesn’t work with your husband, it won’t work with your kids.
- Do remember this: A gentle answer turns away wrath but harsh words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1. Let that be a guide for your words and tone when you are disciplining your kids.
- Don’t spend all your time focusing on behavior! Keep in mind that your kids are just that – kids! There are things they will outgrow. Of course we need to teach them acceptable behavior but don’t allow your home to be a place where they are constantly being corrected.
- Do spend a lot of time emphasizing character! Take advantage of every opportunity to instruct your children and shape their character.
- Don’t try to change their personalities! All children are different. Trying to fit your child into a mold will not work! Embrace what makes each one unique.
- Do challenge them to strengthen their weaknesses. If your child struggles with laziness, it is your privilege and responsibility to teach them time management and self-discipline. We must not allow our children to use their areas of weakness as an excuse for poor character or poor behavior.
- Don’t neglect being a parent for the sake of being a friend. Your child needs you to be his or her mom! They need you to be firm, consistent, and loving.
- Do be a friend to your child. My wise friend Kristen wrote a great post about this a few weeks ago … she challenged me in this area. I encourage you to read it and take it to heart. We can be parents and friends with our children.
Parenting with purpose isn’t for the weak at heart. It requires far more energy than most of us have on any given day. The only way to do it is through the Lord at work in us. Perhaps this verse will be an encouragement for you in this endeavor:
Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a place of refuge for their children. Proverbs 14:26 NLT
When we parent with purpose, we point our children to the perfect Parent! Is there any greater gift we can give them?
What are your ideas for parenting with purpose?
More posts on parenting:
- Parenting with Purpose
- Parenting with Passion
- Parenting with Praise
- Parenting with Prayer
- On Weaknesses and Parenting