AJ’s Takeaway: Parenting

Parenting is a complex, ever-evolving journey. Recently, I had the opportunity to read a book that has profoundly impacted my approach to parenting – Andy and Sandra Stanley’s “Parenting.” As a mom of a four and a six-year-old, I’ve entered a new phase in parenting, and this book couldn’t have come at a better time. 

The Essence of Long-Term Parenting 

The central theme of the book, and my biggest takeaway, is the concept of parenting with the long game in mind. It’s about knowing the outcome you want from your parenting years. For me, it’s about building a relationship with my children that endures beyond the years they’re required to spend with me. I want them to enjoy being around me even when they’re all grown up. 

The Influence Factor 

As my children grow, I’ve noticed a shift in influence. Friends, teachers, and even TV shows like Paw Patrol are starting to shape their perceptions and behaviors. This realization underscores the importance of intentional parenting now to maintain influence later. 

Fewer, More Meaningful Rules 

One critical insight from the book is the idea of having fewer but more encompassing rules. Instead of micromanaging every aspect of their behavior, I’ve learned to set broader guidelines that teach values like respect and responsibility. These aren’t just rules for childhood; they’re principles for life. 

The Art of Apologizing 

Teaching my children to apologize properly has been another game-changer. It’s not just about saying sorry; it’s about understanding what they did wrong and finding ways to restore the relationship. This approach has not only been transformative in my parenting but also in my relationships with others, including my husband. 

Building Everyday Routines 

Establishing daily routines like having dinner together without distractions, setting screen time rules, and encouraging individual prayers has been vital. These practices aren’t just about discipline; they’re about creating a family culture that values connection, reflection, and respect. 

A Book for All Parents 

Whether your kids are toddlers or teenagers, this book is a must-read. It transcends religious backgrounds and focuses on the core of what it means to be a parent: building a lasting, loving relationship with your children. 

In Conclusion 

This journey of parenting is challenging but incredibly rewarding. As I implement these insights, I am reminded of the importance of intentional parenting. If you’re looking to strengthen your bond with your children and guide them with purpose, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Andy and Sandra Stanley’s “Parenting.” Share your thoughts with me after reading it, and if you’re looking to dive deeper into personal development or brand building, don’t hesitate to schedule a Free Brand Call with Brand Builders Group. We’re here to help you grow. 

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I'm AJ Vaden

I am an entrepreneur, lover of all things creative and very proud boy mom. I am into personal development, spreadsheets and have a weird fascination with taxes. I write and talk on personal branding, entrepreneurship, business and life.  

P.S. I love Jesus, and I talk about my faith a lot. Just know that going in.

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