We hear about goals for our work and our dreams, goals for our health, and goals for our spiritual lives, but what about goals for our kids? I don’t mean simply helping our kids set goals (though I love that idea, too), but rather prayerfully setting goals for nurturing growth in our children. These are parenting goals — necessary and immensely helpful for intentional parenting.
Setting Goals for Parenting
How will I shepherd my kids through the year? What character qualities do we need to focus on in them? How will I encourage each of my children and seek to nurture their faith, encourage their gifts, and build our relationship?
As human beings, we all have room for growth in our character, maturity, and skills, and for our kids, the learning curve is huge. Sometimes we forget how young our children are and how much they really have to learn. In the moment of annoying or disruptive behavior, it’s easy to become frustrated, overwhelmed, or weary. But do we recognize these situations and behaviors as opportunities for growth? I’m sad to admit that often time I haven’t.
But rather than feeling defeated, we can be hopeful, and we can make a change.
A new tool to help
Because of my own feelings of weariness and overwhelm, I created a brand new series to help.
I knew my kids had areas I needed to work with them individually, but I felt overwhelmed by all of the needs I was seeing. Multiply those “growth opportunities” by 4 kids, and I felt defeated before I started!
I prayed earnestly about what I should do. The situation felt so big and unmanageable. I knew God to be a big God — nothing is too difficult for Him, but when I had more days of feeling like my little blessings were actually little terrors, I knew some things needed to change.
God reminded me to start small and start somewhere, and that’s where the the Parent Planning Pages were born.
I have found that focusing on a specific character trait and a developmental goal per month (or two week period of time), helps me be consistent, isn’t overwhelming for my kids, and gives us an opportunity to celebrate growth.
The Best Goals to Set
I know your heart is to be faithful at home and to nurture faith and faithfulness in your kids.
JOIN this SERIES (free for a limited time) to get the Parent Planner Pages for free and to help you set realistic, personalized goals for your kids and family.
This has helped our family so tremendously, and I pray it helps yours too!
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