One of the most important things that I learned in my 35 years of parenting our eight children was the importance of being intentional as a busy mom. I knew that I only had one chance to get it right in my parenting, and I wanted to be the best mom I could. I realized that being purposeful in my parenting, even when was busy, was vital.
Parenting is about relationship. This means you need to be willing to sacrifice for that relationship and invest your time and energy in the precious children God has entrusted to your care.
The relationship requires thought and planning. You have to think about where you want your kids to be in 18 years, and then plan what you need to intentionally do to get them there. You can’t approach your parenting casually and just hope for the best.
To be successful in your parenting, you need to be purposeful.
Unfortunately, as busy moms, we often fail to plan for intentional training. Then, when a problem comes up we try to come up with a quick fix. rather than taking time to address the important heart issues. Often those problems could have been avoided if we had started earlier and guided our children intentionally in the right direction to avoid that bump in the road.
Being intentional as a busy mom will keep you focused on the important and eternal issues, rather than just dealing with the daily problems that come up. It will enable you to be a better steward of the children God has entrusted to your care, and keep you focused on your priorities and parenting goals.
It requires some time and effort on your part, but your children are worth it! Make a commitment to invest in them purposefully as you bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
If you’d like to learn how to be intentional as a busy mom I would love to have you join me for:
How To Be Intentional as a Busy Mom 5-Day Challenge
If you join, you will receive a daily email for 5 days. Each email will include a way you can be intentional as a busy mom, as well as a challenge to take action on that idea.
You’re welcome, Denise! 🙂
Thanks so much for your encouragement, Kathie!
It’s more geared towards those who have younger kids. However, don’t ever feel that it is too late! We all make mistakes as parents, but if we apologize to our kids, they are willing to forgive. If you feel you need to make changes, let them know that God showed you something you need to change, then talk about how you can help them with the changes. The key is having a humble attitude about it, and also keeping the relationship strong so they are willing to listen and trust you are looking out for what is best for them.
What about those of us who have very little time left–my oldest is 18 and a senior, my youngest 13. Yes, I see so many mistakes that I made and fear that there’s no time left now to correct them, especially with being further hampered by lack of unity between my husband/their father and me. Is this geared towards those with young ones who can still avoid the bumps? Or will it also hope those of us who are now late in the game trying to recover from the bumps?