August 20, 2014 ~ Hello Parenting and Teaching Partners!!  I have missed you ALL so very much….but it has been a very BUSY summer, filled with GREAT GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT!!!! I hope that each of you have enjoyed your children, and have discovered some NEW areas of parenting and teaching growth, as well as areas that could use a little support!!!  As I was reflecting on my call to be an “Ushering” Mom…..I came upon some heart thoughts that maybe you can identify with…and prayerfully be inspired by….to reach toward.

Have you ever tried to break a LONG TERM HABIT????  I absolutely can attest to the fact that it can be a very daunting, and difficult task!!!!  Soooo as I was studying “habits,” and the impact they can have on a child’s growth, and overall development…I was compelled to dive deeper as a Mom…to assess if I am parenting more habitually, or decisively???  As I embarked on my adventure to seek and find….my heart took another dive to add in the emotional elements of parenting both ways!  AHHHHH what did I discover???  Habitual ~ “resorted to on a regular basis”  Decisive ~ “resolute and determined”

Soooo you might ask….WHY DK??? Why do we need to reflect on this???  Well…..our cherub’s struggle with indecisive parents!!  Sounds simple to remedy…until one dives deeper into all of our daily interactions….quick to discover….OH DEAR….I am Parenting/Teaching habitually…more than decisively!  The best way to investigate is to look at your responses to your cherub’s questions, actions, needs, and demands!  From an emotional standpoint…you will be surprised to find that one of the reasons your cherub MAY NOT be responding to you is that your own responses have become so habitual that your cherub has stopped listening!!  My heart skips a beat here…as I see the reality of our “habitual” patterns…..and our cherubs follow……So, it is time to take your sun glasses off, or put your glasses on to SEE our truth!!!

How does one parent, and teach more DECISIVELY!!!!  YOU must KNOW development!!!  The more you know…the better you can plan, and set the path.  DECIDE to stop, look, listen, and perceive with your heart before moving in habitual patterns……

PARENT & TEACH:

D ~ Determine to CHANGE!!!!

E ~ EXPECT to see your cherub’s transform

C ~ Commit to this NEW way of “total” being with your cherubs

I ~ Individualize your responses, and plans for each cherub

S ~ Simplify

I ~ Include your parenting values, morals, hopes, and dreams!

V ~ VICTORIOUS!!!  YOU WILL BE VICTORIOUS!!!!

E ~ Encourage your parenting, or teaching partners on this NEW journey!

L ~ LIVE OUT LOUD & WITH GRATITUDE!!!!

Y ~Yield to your heart and mind….before reacting, or resorting to habitual responses!

Let’s challenge one another to “make a new habit,” to LIVE, and PARENT DECISIVELY!!!!

PRAYING AND HOLDING YOUR HEARTS FOR THIS NEW, AND GOD INSPIRED JOURNEY!!!! ~ With Heartfelt Gratitude ~ DK