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Sunday, February 20, 2011

10 Point Manifesto for Joyful Parenting

1. Today, I will make our home a house of prayer. I will pray at set times. And I will invite our children to come move into an interior space that lives with God.

2. Today, I will transfigure all things into beauty, and I will refuse to see anything else.

3. Today, I will not have any emergencies. There are no emergencies! Only amateurs hurry.

4. Today, when stress mounts, I pray to dismount it with gratitude. My stress management plan will be intervention with verbal thanks. I can only feel one feeling at a time, and I choose to give thanks at all times. Fight feeling with feeling!

5. Today, I will pray to speak words that are only STRONG words, words that make these children feel strong. Grace words. Grace is the only non-toxic air. All other words I breathe are death words.

6. Today, I will pray to be consistently consistent. I will create safe rhythms that our children can find security in. I will create daily ceremonies because everyday we are CELEBRATING the gift of now!

7. Today, the moment when I am most repelled by a child’s behavior, that is my sign to draw the very closest to that child.

8. Today, I will hug each of my children as many times as I serve them meals — because children’s hearts feed on touch. I’ll look for as many opportunities to touch my children today as possible — the taller they are, the more so.

9. Today, my priorities will be all Things Unseen.

10. Today, I will laugh! And I will let the little children laugh! I will create a culture of JOY!

~http://www.aholyexperience.com

6 comments:

His Hands His Feet Today said...

Amen!!!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

WOW- printing these off and hanging them up in my home!!!!!!!!!

Denise said...

I love this. I saved it when I first read it last year but after reading it today, I realize that I need to print it off and hang copies of it all over my house!

Thanks for the reminder and hope you had a great weekend!

Love,
Denise

Beth E. said...

These are all so good! I wish blogging had been around when I was parenting young children...I would have learned soooo much. :-)

Tereasa said...

Yep... printing...

sleepinl8 said...

Praise - the - LORD! Sounds great! Just be sure not to make your life too structured - trust me, I know, it can end up having the opposite effect. By the way, love #3 and #6. At #6: redundancy is the best policy! lol ;)