Positive Parenting Toolbox- "The Fruits of the Spirit"

I am forever shocked when RJ is ready to take pictures which is very rare. His individuality takes over and the questions of why, who will see the picture, how long will it take, am I smiling or making a funny face and a list of everything he can think up. He said he was copying how his daddy would look serious. It’s funny because when I tell people that I am working on my good parenting skills I always get a weird look or asked why do I think I am not already good parent. There is always room to grow in being a parent and it doesn’t matter if you already have a child or if you are a new parent.

I am forever shocked when RJ is ready to take pictures which is very rare. His individuality takes over and the questions of why, who will see the picture, how long will it take , am I smiling or making a funny face and a list of everything he can think up. He said he was copying how his daddy would look serious. It’s funny because when I tell people that I am working on my good parenting skills I always get a weird look or asked why do I think I am not already good parent. There is always room to grow in being a parent and it doesn’t matter if you already have a child or if you are a new parent.

I feel we all try to make sure that we are exhibiting positive parentings skills and get as much as we can in that positive parenting toolbox. This is my second time around and it’s a different feel and reality in parenting my son that it was for my daughter.

One of the tools in my parenting toolbox is teaching our son about “The Fruits of the Spirit” which is made up of nine qualities or gifts: love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness and self-control along with other characteristics. We have been been teaching him about the “Fruits of the Spirit” and this week we will be learning and focusing on Individuality. We have always taught him that who he is as a person and his individuality and that Godly and kind character of who he is sets him apart from everyone else. It’s what makes him unique and unlike anyone else.

He is Mr. Individuality! Whether it’s his love for learning, his curiosity of building everything legos, his thoughtfulness of others, or about the history of the Titanic. We make sure we highlight when we see him use those characteristics and let him know we are proud of him. We will always love that he is understanding that his individuality is what makes him the love of our life and my heart. I’m deciding which “Fruit of the Spirit” we will be focusing on next week and will share some thoughts. .

What are some of your parenting tips or quotes that you have in your parenting toolbox and use to build up and/or highlight these characteristics in your little one?

Xoxo

Sandra Ann

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