One of the many parenting tips we always hear about is to be intentional. And that is because it’s important to set goals in parenting, rather than just constantly putting out fires. Being intentional means having the vision of what traits/values/characteristics we want for our kids. It is also reflecting on things like, how do we want to send them out into the world? What habits do they need? What values could they have in order to thrive as well as be kind? And so on…
As parenting coach Monica said, “a kid who behaves well can get you through a dinner party but it won’t get him through life.” That means our primary purpose for correcting the behavior of our children is to teach them certain values (ex: being considerate of other people), and not because we are afraid of other people’s judgment. So telling our kids the reason why they should behave or do things in a certain way is important.
But again, so much of parenting and character influence starts with connection. Building a good relationship with our kids is fundamental in teaching them values, and in overall parenting.
Join me and Monica in this fun episode where we talk about tips on character training for our kids!
Other life-changing lessons in this episode…
- Difference of character development and behavior management
- Learning to say yes or no to the right things
- How to inspire a kid to embrace their character
- How to have fun with your kids
- Benefits of homeschooling
“There’s no better place to shape your kid’s character than at home.”
Remember that creating a good relationship with our children already provides a good influence on their characters. And if you want to know more parenting tips, check out Monica’s book-> Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You.
Monica Swanson is the author of Boy Mom: What Your Son Needs Most from You and the host of the Boy Mom Podcast. Monica’s insight on raising boys caught the world’s attention when her blog post, “what a Teenage Boy Needs Most from His Mom” reached nearly two million readers in just over a week. She has contributed to the Today Show website, the Huffington Post, and has been featured on numerous radio shows and podcasts. She and her husband, Dave, a hospital physician, have two sons in college and two more boys at home, who divide their time between homeschooling and surfing. Besides boys, Dave and Monica also raise a lot of tropical fruit at their home in the country on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Facebook: Monica Swanson – The Grommom
Podcast: Boy Mom Podcast