If we desire to be intentional parents then that means that we must approach our parenting with intention. We must have a design or plan in mind regarding our parenting goals or beliefs. We must not go about our days as mothers (or parents) haphazardly, but rather with a clear intention and focus on our children and our interactions with them.
Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.
For most of us, our children will only live under our roofs for 18-years. That is not to say our job as parents will end when they turn 18, but it certainly means that we have a huge job to do in their first 18 years of life. That job, in my opinion, is to prepare our children for independent life. Whether that be when they leave our home for college, marriage, or simply to pursue their own dreams and occupations.
Have you ever sat down and thought about what you want to make sure you teach your children before they leave your home?
In the early years most parents have clear child-training goals: Sitting, crawling, walking, talking, feeding themselves, dressing themselves, potty training etc. Once the fundamental basics are done, most parents don’t have a clear picture of what they want to teach their children. Are you one of those parents?