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Published on January 20th, 2012

Perfect kids…forget about it.  How about intentional parenting?  It seems that every great revelation on parenting starts with the phrase, “I read a book.”  This is actually a very annoying thing to hear.  I only like the books I read (just kidding – er…maybe not).  Whenever you hear that phrase, you know you’ve got to listen to an unending explanation of how amazing the book is, how incredible the author is, and how it will “change your life.”  Boring.  I’ve been thinking about parenting a lot recently, and I’ve got to tell you…I read a book.  And it’s quite possible that the book is amazing, the author is incredible, and it may have changed my life.  The book is called “The IY Generation” by Tim Elmore.  In this amazing book, Tim talks about the different styles of parenting and then throws out the challenge that we must get intentional in our parenting if we want to help the next generation.  Yikes.  It woke me up a bit.  It actually forced me to look into Scripture for answers to some of the challenges I felt I was facing as a parent.  I often feel inadequate.  I often feel like I don’t really know what I’m doing…and the challenges seem to be increasing as my children age.  I jumped into Psalm 78 and discovered three takeaways when it comes to intentional parenting (leading).

> Takeaway #1:  Help your kids understand their great need for a real relationship with God.  As parents, this is our greatest calling in life.

> Takeaway #2:  Empower your kids to take control.  One of the greatest ways we can do this is to share stories with them of how God has worked in our life, and how He can do the same for them.  The real question is, do you have a God story?  If not, it could be time to attempt something great for God – to step into something that only He can get you out of.   Then…share that story again, and again, and again.

> Takeaway #3:  Challenge your kids to take their place in history.  It’s helping our kids know that they have one life, and it can matter.  It’s helping them know that God wants them to achieve, accomplish, and do great things!


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