Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What is intentional parenting?

So what is with the name of this blog?  A few years ago, I started using the word "intentional" in my vocabulary.  I didn't want life to just pass me by and my kids to grow up with me constantly reacting to everything with my emotions.  I wanted to purposely make choices that led to positive results following the principles of sowing and reaping.  I knew that the laws of the Kingdom of God apply to everything, so if I sowed love and self-discipline in my kids' lives, I would reap a harvest of watching them grow into loving and disciplined young women.

I decided to apply this to every part of my parenting.  Implementing 1-2-3 Magic, planning healthy meals, and trying to take advantage of every teachable moment became a way to be intentional as a mom.  I am constantly inspired by the concept of "drawing out greatness in my kids".  I know that they have talents, giftings and abilities and my job is to draw that out of them by encouraging them and teaching them how to love themselves and the world around them as God does.

As a parent, our job is not to react with emotions, but to demonstrate self-control and the rest of the gifts of the Spirit.  I'm not there yet...not by a long shot...but I'm better than I used to be.


  1. hi Im Novae from july 2010 bbc :) just wanted to tell you that even though Im not christian...I love this post....and couldnt agree more...u just made "intentional" one of my favourite words too :)

  2. Through the #MOPS list on twitter, I found you and your blog. I just ordered this book you mentioned. I've been struggling with discipline methods for a while - not comfortable with spanking for the most part, and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for mentioning it. I hope to be more "intentional" as well.