Top Ten Tuesday: Intentional Parenting and Inspirations

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For at least two weeks, God’s been trying to get my attention about intention. There was this post from Amy Beth which I love insanely and have shared several times. A radio program called “Intentional Living.” Reading Impress Your Kids. And just all of these realizations about being at home now. For me, being at home has magnified how lazy I really am.

Remember my Top Ten Surprises about Staying Home? Apparently confessing my shortcomings has not made me want to battle them any more. I want to have a clean house, fresh laundry, nutritious meals, and never-ending patience–as well as be a good listener, helpmate, lover, and supporter to my husband. As soon as I look at all of these things in one place, my head seriously starts to explode, and I go check out Facebook instead.

I’m working on writing a guest post for Impress Your Kids about steps I am taking to be more intentional, but I’d love to know what your tricks and inspirations are, too! Please share them in the comments.

Here are my Top Ten people and things that inspire me to be a more intentional parent.

1. The Bible. Well, of course. Not only does regular Bible study help me keep focused on what is right and true, the more I read the more I want to teach Libbie. If she’s awake when I am doing my study, I will read to her right from my “big-person” Bible. She enjoyed listening to some of Esther yesterday!


2. Impress Your Kids. Just go read it all and get back to me. I want to impress the Truth onto Libbie’s heart!

3. The Finer Things in Life. Amy inspires me to be a better mother, wife, and homemaker. She has a gentle, guiding spirit and it was such a blessing to get to meet her in real life! (If you are thinking about becoming a SAHM ever, you should read her Mommy, Come Home Series.)

4. Family Fun magazine. (Follow @FamilyFun on Twitter.) Chock full of great ideas for every age, Family Fun is a GREAT magazine for inspiration. I think I got my subscription for free at some point, but I will definitely renew when the time comes!

5. (in)courage. The (in)courage posts are not all, or even primarily, about parenting, but the amazing authors there encourage me to be better and MORE in all aspects of my life.

6. Twiggie Makes. Candace’s enthusiasm for life and love for her kids (and finding TIME to cook and craft) make me happy and ready to push forward! She’s amazing and has become a true friend.

7. Reading. I am trying to read more parenting books, but I think reading in general sparks creativity–and it also gets me off the computer! I have read some GREAT books recently, including The Stolen Child, Sonata for Miriam, The Book Thief, and The Happiest Toddler on the Block. (If you like to read and you haven’t read it, please drop what you’re doing RIGHT NOW and go read The Book Thief. It’s the best book I have read possibly ever.)

8. Disconnecting. I’ve found more and more lately that the way for me to focus is turn off the computer, TV, even music. I need the calm.

9. Playing. Just sitting on the floor with Libbie often gives me ideas of other things to do with her. I become familiar with what interests her and what she doesn’t like. Also the more I try to have “special time” with her, where I allow no distractions for myself, the better behaved she is the rest of the day.

10. Creating mantras. My attitude is SO much better when I go into a task repeating, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23) than if I think, “Why do I have to do this? Ugh, I hate housework.”

I hope this helps inspire you, and I would LOVE to know some of your inspirations whether it be for parenting, housekeeping, being a better spouse, or just improving yourself in general.

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10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Intentional Parenting and Inspirations

  1. I love this list! I also love Amy Beth and IYK! Going to have to follow your links! Thx so much for putting it together!

  2. Thanks so much for your kind words Jessie. There is certainly a learning curve to being a SAHM (& I totally understand about feeling lazy – I battle that daily!!) but you are doing great. And it gets easier – all of it, the house-stuff, the intention-stuff, the finding time to do all the fun-stuff – hang in there. One thing that I have learned to do since being tethered to my home and my children is daily laying my desires for the day before the Lord. Some days I have to die to myself over and over, knowing that the Lord has called me to this specific place in my life. But then the next day he may make space in my day to tackle the much-needed or just fun things I want to do. Take it day by day, keep looking to him and then rejoice in those moments when the blessings rain down.

  3. Definitely inspiring! I especially needed that one about playing with your kids. It is so true that spending focused time with them helps them to be better behaved!

  4. Love it! I've been re-reading The Purpose Driven Life for lent and discussing it via Facebook with my mother-in-law and friends. It definitely has been helping me renew my perspective n the reasons behind doing the things I do.
    I'm a new mom but in the past 3 months the responsibility I have to impress Biblical values and truths upon my little munchkin has become overwhelming at times…in a good way.
    Oh and Candace certainly inspires me too, I love reading her writings

  5. #8 & #9 are keys for me, too. When I can disconnect and get on their level, I feel better about my parenting, and they love it!

  6. Beautiful post! I struggle with this as well. I feel so accidentally parental sometimes, and I don't like it. To me, it feels like I'm not cherishing these precious gifts that God has given me. And that puts a whole other light on it. For what it's worth, I find that my girls are much better behaved when I am more deliberate in my parenting. Go figure!

  7. Great list…I especially like the mantras. I need to find one I can repeat to myself on patience…that seems to be my biggest shortcoming these days!

  8. Jessie. Such a great great great post. YOU inspired me!!

    The unplug and spend face-to-face time is so much harder than it sounds.

    (((HUGS)))–you are doing great!

  9. LOVED "The Book Thief" – such a GREAT book. We read it in book club. Another really good one we read was "The Thirteenth Tale" – Excellent!

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