In a world where the rush of time is exalted and parenthood is both a contest and a race, childhood is still a treasure. It seems to be the one thing every adult longs to reclaim. And in reality we can. We can enjoy the precious days our children have offered us. The days where we can play like a child and embrace the world in its purest form. It’s a gift to be a child, but it’s also a gift to be a spirited parent.
My goal this week and in life is to truly be a spirited parent striving to raise a truly spirited child. What does this mean? To me this means weaving the fruits of the spirit into a daily routine. It means embracing the wonderful and beautiful world we have been given. It means igniting that spark inside of ourselves that inspires us to be greater than good and reach farther than far. It simply means living a life of abundance.
As a Christian I strive to raise up my child in the word of God, but beyond religion, the fruits of the spirit are innate goodness in every human being. Love, Peace, Faithfulness, Joy, Goodness, Gentleness, Patience, Self-Control, and Kindness. They are such wonderful attributes for ANY human being to possess. And to truly embody them? THAT’S being spirited!
So for this next week, I am going to focus on writing about how to go against the typical outlook of modern parenting and how to break free from the confines of unrealistic expectations. I want to look at and discuss with you how to truly live a spirited life with your family. Instead of feeling like you “don’t measure up” as a parent or feeling like you’re not good enough, I want to see the world through new eyes.
Society touts false promises of happiness through achievement, possessions, and notoriety. In reality, contentment, altruism, and community far outweigh even the hope of such repute. With the fruits of the spirit, there is an overwhelming sense of fulfillment and satisfaction rather than a sense of lacking and inadequacy.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
Part Two – Love, Joy, & Rocks
Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 4 children living in Boston, MA and believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!