Though some posts from this year touched the hearts of more people than others, there are some topics that I wrote about that came straight from my heart, or straight from the things that I was dealing with in our life.  I’ve gone through each month for 2016, and selected my favourites for the year and I’ve come up with 7 blogs posts that I really want you to read because I think they address issues that help families be intentional, relational and heart focused!

1–Why Sometimes I don’t want to pray with my kids: A look into my heart when confronted with an issue that confuse my kids about God and Prayer

2–10 Ways to make going to church easier:  Going to church on Sunday morning can be stressful but there are things that you can do that make it easier – but you need to be intentional.

3–Capturing the Heart of a Strong Willed Child: Parenting the strong willed child is about capturing their heart – just like any other child.

4–Good Character won’t get you into Heaven: Good character won’t get you into heaven, but that doesn’t mean we should teach our kids what good character looks like.

5–“Ooops!  Missed that One,” says every Intentional Parent:  Being intentional with our parenting doesn't mean we will never miss anything – there will always be something for our children to learn.

6–Letting Go is a Heart Issue for All Parents: Letting go is a heart issue all parents of adult children need to deal with. We need to make sure our actions line up with our beliefs about our children.

7–Do your Teens do the Right Thing on Social Media?: When we teach our teens to use social media we need to address heart issues not just right behaviour.It is the heart that will help them do the right thing.

When we are heart focused our goal in our parenting is to teach and train the inner workings of our children.  Their heart is the center of their beliefs, their character, their passions and emotions, their will.  If we don’t touch their belief system, or their value system we are simply teaching them to do what we say – to change their behaviour.  When our children’s heart is taught they have the capacity to make moral choices without you, or any one really, standing there making sure that they do.  This is what we are working towards:  self-governing, self-motivating children – children who know what is right, and want to do it.

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