Okay, I need to start by saying~ I really don’t like that title, Intentional Parenting. Makes it sound like I’ve come up with some all new parenting style. All I mean by it is that I’m trying to make intentional, thoughtful decisions about what I’m doing to help my kids grow up to be happy, healthy, responsible, faithful, adults. Hopefully. Check back with me in 10-15+ years and I’ll let you know how it went. 😉
Two quick things (besides the usual bedtime stories/routines) that we’re doing which fit into this idea:
~1~ Each of the boys has one of those flip notebooks, and along with bedtime stories, we have just started talking & making a list of what they are thankful for each day. It’s my intention to help them develop an ‘attitude of gratitude’. I want for them to be in the habit of counting their many blessings instead of focusing on what they don’t have. (Especially because they are blessed enough to have their ‘don’t haves’ only be wants, and not necessities. You know… Don’t have a DS, don’t have an Xbox Kinect, etc….)
~2~ I am going to ‘Build UP Love’ for them. I just found this idea in a Challenge for Parents over at Layton Family Joy. I think this idea would be great to do for anyone you love, child or adult, because we all need encouragement. In her post, Stef is encouraging us to “Build up confidence in your children – build up healthy self esteem -build up love!!” This is a super easy, meaningful thing to for your kids (or anyone you love). Again, it’s a way to focus on the good, and not on the negative. Please take a minute, click on the link above, and read her post. It will be well worth your time.