What do Kids Need Today?
I initially wrote this post as part of my “Annual Parenting Check-Up”, but I’ve referred to it over and over again just for the quote in the picture below.
Knowledge is a commodity, we have access to all the world’s knowledge on our phones while driving70 mph down the highway. What kids need today is Creativity, Wisdom, and Problem Solving Skills. – Kirk Martin
My goal as a mom is to be intentional. Not just filled with good intentions, but truly intentional about raising children who are loved unconditionally, who are resourceful, and are creative, independent thinkers.
Recently, I have shared the quote above with several moms. Bing! It’s a lightbulb moment for most moms. We (moms) did not grow up with constant TV, computers, electronic toys, Facebook, video games, and smart phones. Our kids are getting used to constant entertainment and are missing out on many valuable life lessons.
I’ve been reevaluating how my kids spend time doing the following things: watching TV, playing video games, going outside, making up their own plans, reading books, working together, rushing from place to place, interacting with family members, engaging in activities in our church. The list goes on; however, being an intentional parent – forces me to focus on how I’m using their time and where I place my priorities.
Do you have someone who challenges you to improve your parenting? For me, Kirk Martin’s Celebrate Calm workshops give me that “Annual Parenting Check-Up” that I need. Kirk visits our area several times a year. I make sure that I hear him speak at least once, if not twice a year. He encourages me to understand and accept my children for who they are and gives me tools to do that. I have found that the three most influential programs and resources in my parenting life (besides my faith and family) have been Kirk Martin with Celebrate Calm, The Five Love Languages, and my MOPS / MOMSnext groups.
I do not have the answers, but I have been thinking about this statement a lot. If knowledge is a commodity, then how can we as moms foster more creative thinkers and encourage problem solving skills in our homes? I’d love to hear from you!