Monday, October 20, 2014

Empowered Families: The Basics

Last  year, I really began to think about the kind of adults I want my children to become. And I realized that a lot of what I was doing would not get the results I wanted. If I wanted my daughters (now ages 2 and 4 years) to grow up to be women who know who God created them to be and had the confidence to live that out everyday, then I had to make some changes. I not only had to be that kind of woman, but I also had to empower them to be their truest selves.

Empower means:
1) to give official authority or legal power to a person
2) enable (meaning "to make someone or something able to do or to be something")
3) to promote the self-actualization or influence of a person
(Definition source)

At its core, empowerment is giving a person the tools they need to function as healthy, autonomous individuals. In so doing, we remove the "victim mentality" and help them develop self-control and personal responsibility. 

While I don't claim to be a parenting expert, I wanted to share what I've learned so far on this journey toward empowering my children. My prayer is that it will inspire discussion that will lead us more toward Christ and help us to parent our children in the same way that our loving Father God parents us. To help guide our discussion of empowering our children, I've created this acronym:

For the next seven Mondays, I will share a post that delves more into each of these points. I hope you'll read along and share your own thoughts from your parenting journey!


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