I wrote a little while back about creating a parenting plan for each of your children (you can see that post here: http://theparentingpassageway.com/2010/06/30/a-parenting-plan/)
I have recently been meditating on those ideas. I have also been envisioning in my mind what qualities are going to be important to my children when they become adults. How can I work that into my parenting plan in tangible ways?
What qualities are important to you? How does the way you spend your time as a family reflect these qualities? How do the boundaries in your home reflect these qualities? For those of you with very small children under the age of 7, modeling is much louder than words and instruction at this point. What are you modeling and how?
Here is a list of a few qualities that serve adults well; perhaps some of these will resonate with you:
- Self-discipline and self-control
- Love of others
- Good manners
- Self-respect and respect for others
- Forgiveness of self and others
What does your list look like? How are you working this into your parenting and into your homeschool? What is most significant to you and to your family?