In the past five years, God has taught us so much about children with special needs. I now realize our culture’s desperate need to develop a perspective shift on discipline. It is critical that we begin to view the term discipline not from the perspective of punishment, but of teaching.
In order to effectively discipline our children, we as parents must begin to recognize our role as the teacher of our children. We must think about our long-term goals for our children as they mature into adults. What do we want for them and from them?
It is generally understood that parents desire for their children to grow up to be healthy, happy and well-adjusted adults. As believing Christians, we desire for our children to have a solid faith in Christ. I specifically desire for my children to understand their identity in Christ and live in that freedom.
The concept of being an intentional parent. is pretty popular within my own circle of moms. However, what does that mean exactly? What does being intentional look like? Over these last several years, I have learned that to be intentional as a mom, I must understand my goals for my children.
With an end goal in mind, I am better able to respond to the day to day issues as opposed to react out of emotion. That clarity brings freedom and reduces confusion in tough moments with my children. I wish I could say that I’ve always parented through this lens of clarity. Sadly, this is not the case.
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