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Are you intentional in your parenting?

Posted by on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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Are you intentional in your parenting and how your kids are raised? Did you start out that way? And by intentional I mean do you have a certain idea of how your kids should be raised and do you follow it? Certain morals, expectations, goals, religion, or whatever your idea of intentional is? I've been watching 19 & Counting for the first time and while I don't agree with everything they do I think it's neat how they all work together as a family and are very intentional in how they raise their children. They know exactly how they want to raise them and they don't waver in that.
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jconney80
by Bronze Member on Nov. 2, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I certainly didn't start out knowing what I was doing when I became a parent lol. My kids are teaching me more and more over time just how intentional I need and want to be to raise them. I have started implementing all of the kids helping out around the house. I didn't start this young enough with my oldest child. My younger kids are given the chance to be helpful all day and I have them involved as much as possible. They have to help out.

I homeschool my kids and this was not my original plan but it is now. So that wasn't intentional but it's proving to be very helpful.

I have 3 kids with special needs. They are high functioning autistics and while they meet a lot of milestones without much work they still need a lit of help with other things. So short term and long term I work on and have goals for them that we work towards. I have definite expectations and goals of them going to college and being self sufficient.
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by on Nov. 3, 2013 at 12:16 AM

Maybe didn't know quite what we were doing with ds1,

However knew I did not want to be like my own parents ;)

Janet
by Bronze Member on Nov. 3, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Never had it fully together with my first at first. Later I did and followed it.
mom_4_God
by Member on Nov. 3, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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Yes my husband and I are intentional. We knew what we would expect of our children and what goals we had in mind.

By the way I love the show 19 kids and Counting and has the pleasure of meeting the parents once.

lillybug222
by Member on Nov. 3, 2013 at 2:00 PM
I basically feel like a failure as a parent. I have all sorts of thoughts on being an intentional parent. Most days, I'm doing good to just get through the day. I feel as if my parenting comes last. It's not fair to my kids, but I don't know what else to do.
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Mznaye
by Member on Nov. 3, 2013 at 10:35 PM
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I do the best I can to be the mom my son needs.
jconney80
by Bronze Member on Nov. 3, 2013 at 10:58 PM
I'm sorry that you feel that way! I used to feel the same way. Over the years I've learned I guess how to plan ahead better and it helps me feel more "together."

Quoting lillybug222:

I basically feel like a failure as a parent. I have all sorts of thoughts on being an intentional parent. Most days, I'm doing good to just get through the day. I feel as if my parenting comes last. It's not fair to my kids, but I don't know what else to do.
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by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I'd say yes. Alot of times I have to adapt and go with the flow more or I'd be just unhappy

12yrmama
by Member on Nov. 4, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Especially with our first- we had more time to talk and go places. With the youngest two I feel happy just getting through the day. But I do try to expose them to local events and encourage healthy lifestyles for them.

abra
by on Nov. 4, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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Yes and yes. We keep our focus on a particular philsophy and everything we do is shaped by that. 

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