A key to effective parenting!

A great key to effective parenting
We all want the “silver bullet” for the hard things in life. When it comes to dieting, we all want a magic pill that gives us incredible abs or slender thighs! When it comes to learning a new skill, we would love for it to be downloaded into our brains and poof, we got it! The same with parenting. We wish there was a one size fits all answer to raising mature, responsible well-adjusted adults. While raising children is a complex and at times complicated endeavor, I believe the answer is not as evasive as we think.
One of the great keys in parenting effectively can be summed up in one word: “intentionality”. Let me share with you three simple but powerful parts of parenting with intentionality.
1. Get a vision for your children’s lives!
Starting without a clear vision or destination in mind will only bring frustration and confusion because you will never know if you are on course or worse yet when or if you’re heading towards your destination! This vision comes from God and His Word. Looking at the life of Jesus when He was a little child and patterning our vision for our children after Jesus is a perfect place to begin. Raising children who have a strong love, devotion and faith in God and His Ways is what we’re after. Luke 2:51-52 is a great place to get you going.
2. Map out your course!
Put together a simple but meaningful plan that will help you take the necessary steps to reaching the goals you have for your children.
The old saying is true, “those who fail to plan might as well plan to fail! A simple, uncomplicated plan is all we need to make great strides in our child’s life. Start your plan off by simply committing to pray for your children every day. This alone will make all the difference! Prayer makes us better parents as we place our children in the lap of Jesus every day! He can do more with our children in a moment than we can do in a lifetime! Another huge benefit to praying for our children is that God, by His Spirit will give you insight and direction for the plan that is right for you and your family.
3. Start the adventure!
Put your plan into action!
All the planning and effort that goes onto building the space shuttle would be useless unless someone pushes the launch button! The same is true with our “intentional parenting plan”. A few thoughts to remember in putting your plan into place. First, remember that this is a marathon not a sprint. Pace yourself, you don’t need to do everything at once. Start by being consistent in praying for your children and then add the next part of your plan in a week or two or three. Just work the plan! You have taken the time and effort to prayerfully write down this plan on paper, now rely on that course of action. Don’t question yourself when the results seem sparing, don’t procrastinate, just simply stick with your plan. Give your plan a few months! Give your kids time to see the consistency and the person you are becoming because of the time in prayer. Take heart it will have an effect on your kids. They will sense a peace in you!
Remember, you are not alone on this journey! God by His Word and His Spirit is with you every step of the way! He will honor your efforts even when you think you have failed miserably! God takes our willingness and makes it miraculous!
Hey, I would love to hear from you! Chime in and share some of your vision and helpful ideas that will encourage me and others when it comes to parenting our children!

Blessing!
Mike

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