Sunday, July 10, 2011

Parenting goals

Although we have a while to go before we add children to our family, I think about parenting a lot. One thing that I think is important for parents to do is to analyze, at some point, the overall goal they have for their children.

When I have children, what do I want for them? What is the "big picture" my day-to-day interactions with them will form (or, at least, what do I intend for it to look like?)?

In answer to those questions, this is what I came up with:

I want to raise my children in such a way that they become responsible, respectful, productive citizens. I hope that I can teach them and give them the experiences that they need to connect with people and understand them, even if they do not understand the choices others will make. I hope to ground them in the Gospel of Jesus Christ such that as they age, they will choose to live in accordance with Gospel principles, because of their testimonies of them.

Specifically, I want to teach them:
  • how to manage money and budget
  • how to work, and enjoy it
  • how to work with their hands, and enjoy it
  • language and speaking skills
  • respect and reverence for their bodies
  • how to take care of their bodies and minds
  • how to cook
  • respect for natural resources
  • to love the scriptures
  • that Jesus Christ is their Savior
What things are important to you for your children/future children to know?


  1. :) Faith, hope (for something better in a world that can seem dismal), and charity-a true love for all-not feeling that they are better than others, but having a desire to love a bless others no matter how they are different. A testimony of Jesus Christ, and how to be self sufficient (cooking, budgeting, laundry etc-amazing how many don't know!) I want to them to have a real testimony and knowledge of gospel truths-because this will lead them to develop all the necessary attributes they need as well as guiding them in all decisions they make. If they do not have a testimony of gospel truths they will have many struggles and weaknesses that would be difficult to overcome, as I see in those around me, particularly church members.

  2. Awhile to go :o well, as long as you are prayerful :) you know the church's stance :) love you both, don't have to post this :p