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Intentional Parenting

Last week my kids helped me celebrate my birthday with a new family tradition:  Reciting poetry.  I asked everyone to memorize a poem and recite it on my birthday.  The result was lovely.  I felt serenaded.  The kids glowed.  Since … Continue reading

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6 Responses to Intentional Parenting

  1. Great list, Heather. All I can think to add is:

    Always be learning- the lifelong education idea

    Exercise your body as well as your mind- as you state, much can be learned by children from playing, and a healthy body also improves one’s self-esteem and confidence


    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Great additions, Chris. And as far as exercise goes, this message is more important than ever for today’s kids and parents. Maybe we need one that says “get outside every day.” Bravo!

  2. Heather – You rock! I love your list, thank you for sharing it.

    One of the things we do on purpose — by intent — is practice kindness. It’s as simple as that.

  3. Gina says:

    I am new to your blog (referred by Abundant Parenting), and I am enjoying your point of view immensely!

    I have just been making a list of skills and priorities that I want to pass on to my daughter, so this list is timely for me. I also appreciate the suggestions in the comments.

    My 5 year old daughter will be starting kindergarten next month, and I am trying to prepare her and myself for the transition. I want to keep encouraging her free spirit and natural curiousity, but it seems that many schools don’t subscribe to that notion, so I need to find ways to balance their “scheduled” learning style with more free play at home. Thank you for the many great ideas and support! 🙂

    • Heather Shumaker says:

      Great to have you, Gina! Welcome aboard.

      Your daughter is lucky to have you, and I’m sure your list is packed with good priorities. So glad to hear you’re creating your own list.

      Yes, lots of open, unscheduled time at home will be even more important. Hopefully your kindergarten teacher will allow true free play during the school day, too, but kindergarten teachers are under lots of pressure and it’s rare to find a teacher who can give kids as much play-based learning as kids need. Good luck!