Living intentionally is a way of life that can be shared with our children, no matter their age. In fact, the younger they are the easier it is to teach and create value towards it.
As we get older and experience the world, we begin to formulate opinions and expectations that may cloud our perceptions. The world can be a tough place and the experiences we have can jade us and leave a nasty film on the lens we look through. So as adults, when we make the decision to live intentionally, we have to create a new perspective and train ourselves to think differently on many different levels. Challenging, but well worth the effort!
When it comes to our kids though, we can help shape their thinking and how they view the world, so that living with purpose through a positive lens becomes second nature to them. In order to guide our children onto this path, we have to be intentional ourselves. Simply role modeling this behavior creates huge strides in teaching it.
Here are 5 things you can do to cultivate intentional living with your family . . .
1. Be intentional in the way you live. Know your priorities, commit to them, and communicate them. Manage your time accordingly. Support the priorities of those you love and they will likely do the same for you. Love unconditionally! Feed your soul. Face your fears, live your purpose, and be positive. Lose the ego and be yourself!
2. Use every opportunity you have to show the way (a discipline towards everything in No. 1) to those you love. Whether it be teaching your 3 year old the joy of sharing a hug or helping your 15 year old prioritize their time, there are numerous teaching opportunities . . . you just need to be intentional in looking for them and then give your time to take advantage of them.
3. Take time as a family to discuss values and life on a routine basis.
4. Develop a practice centered around gratitude. Keeping a family gratitude journal that is written in each night is a great example.
5. Celebrate others by giving of yourself. Volunteer as family and embrace the good feeling that comes from serving others.
Children are sponges eager to learn. The best thing you can do as a parent is to help . . .
- in creating learning opportunities for you kids.
- them filter their experiences in a way that they can balance their own perspective. We all have the power to assign meaning to the things that happen to us. It is our hope that our kids will learn to take away something good even in the most undesirable of situations.
Start looking for those opportunities today. You and your kids will be all the better for it!
Question – What learning opportunities have you taken advantage of with your kids?
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes