Are You Involved?

Parent involvement is so important! I wanted to talk about this because I see how this effects not only my son, but other children as well. I am blessed to be able to stay home with my son and have more time to be involved in school and family activities.

Parent InvolvementAs a parent, we are pulled in many directions. We are a Wife, Husband, Mother, Father, Caregiver, Chef, Teacher, Housekeeper, Personal Shopper, Taxi Driver, Nurse, Coach, Planner, Organizer, Cheerleader, Decorator – and this doesn’t include our job title for work we get paid for outside of the house!

However, one the most important roles we have is to be  our children’s support system. We should be THE most important Role Model in our children’s lives.

I have been babysitting since I was 9 years old. So, I have seen many different parenting styles. I learned a lot of what-to-do and what-not-to-do from many different parents over the years. I have chosen to be a hands on mom and I am enjoying it. I love to be involved in my son’s life. I like knowing what he learns at school, who his friends are, and what he is interested in. My all time favorite is snuggle time. I like when my son wants to come sit and snuggle with mommy or daddy. I think it is important to be involved in my son’s life. I feel that being involved in my son’s life brings a closeness between him and I and our family. He likes to share things about his day with us because we are interested in hearing what is going on in his life.

My mom was a single mom for years. She worked two jobs but she always had time for my brother and me. She always put our needs before hers and always made time to sit and snuggle with us. She never missed an opportunity to support us or tell us how much she loved us.

Thank you Mom for loving me so much and for all that you have done and continue doing for me and my family!! I love you Mom!!

No matter how busy our lives get, please take advantage of the time you get with your kids. One day they will grow up. When you look back on these moments with your kids, will you smile or have regrets? Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that you need to be Super Mom or Super Dad, just be involved in what you can and make sure your kids know that you love them. Life is short! Have fun and enjoy your family.

Make sure you take moments for yourself as well, so you can let some stress fade away and so you can focus on your most precious gifts – your family!

I want to encourage you today to talk with your kids and your spouse. Talk about your day. Be interested in your kids and find out what they like to do. Spend time with your kids without the TV on.

I want to share with you a few things that my son’s school does every day with all the students and staff. FSDB teaches our children a Positive Behavior Support (PBS) system. They support and teach the kids what thy call the ‘Big Three‘:

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Cooperative

I think this is Awesome!!! This works so well for our family. I also think we as parents need to teach this at home. Just imagine what kind of adults our children could turn out to be with this kind of support.

If we as parents live by these rules, then our kids will follow. It may not always seem like they are, but remember they are still learning what’s right and wrong based on what they see at home first and out in the world second.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

Every parent has different standards and  different expectations for their children.  However, we as parents, should be the best example our children see. One day, when they are all grown up, we will see a model citizen, well equipped to handle life and everything it has to offer.

I want to tell you that you are someone special. You are a great parent and your children love you whether they show it or not. You are doing a great job and I am proud of you for being the best parent that you can be.

We are in this together. We are raising the next generation of kids that will either have a positive or negative impact on our society.

Who do you want your children to be? Model the behavior you want to see your children have and we will have a lot more respectful people in the world.

Seeing Life Differently,

Leanna

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