Fifty Parenting Ideas You Won’t Regret:

  1. Tuck Love Notes in their lunchbox, dresser drawers and unexpected places.
  2. Tell them why you love them
  3. Worship together
  4. Be affectionate
  5. Plan a purity weekend with your tween/teen
  6. Ask them questions
  7. Ask then to grade you as a parent
  8. Break your own rules (eating in bed, playing in the mud, etc).
  9. Give them a Bible you’ve read and written notes in (next to meaningful Scripture) especially for them
  10. Go on special dates with your child(ren)
  11. Go on a family missions trip together
  12. Memorize scripture together
  13. Be intentional with holidays-bring Christ in
  14. Engage every day: connect with them on a deeper level
  15. Help them live counter-cultural
  16. Serve with your children
  17. Listen: stop what you’re doing and really listen
  18. Don’t always rush to fix their problems
  19. Be consistent (A doesn’t happen until B-parenting book)
  20. Have regular family nights
  21. Make activities matter (Don’t just fill time. Ask: why are we doing this? How does it benefit?)
  22. Spend time doing something they love -music, running, games, drawing, etc
  23. Write a Family Missions Statement together
  24. Create Family Rules for your home
  25. Look for teachable moments
  26. Read to them (100 books to read to them)
  27. Limit media (TV/video games) to a certain amount of time a day/week
  28. Love your spouse in front of them
  29. Pick your battles
  30. Teach them to be strong
  31. Create family traditions (10 new ones to start today)
  32. Teach them to pray
  33. Show them what true success looks like
  34. Ask your kids for forgiveness when you fail
  35. Stand up for them
  36. Don’t over-schedule your kids
  37. Give them down time
  38. Pray for your kids– Let them overhear you doing so
  39. Keep the TV out of their bedroom
  40. Say yes as often as you can
  41. Give them the opportunity to change a life
  42. Use Conversation Starters at dinner
  43. Create with them
  44. Give them chores (age appropriate list)
  45. Challenge them to read their Bible and reward them for doing so
  46. Catch them being good
  47. Reward kindness
  48. Have fun with them!
  49. Write in a family gratitude journal
  50. Conduct regular family meetings
  51. If you don’t accomplish any of these in a day, don’t be discouraged! Above all they need you to be there.



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    Fantastic list! I’m happy to report that we do a lot of these with our family as well. Going to incorporate even more now. Thanks!

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    can I add a 51st???

    51. Don’t beat yourself up when you fail on the first 50…when you hit the pillow at night and think, “God, did I even do ONE of these today??” Show yourself grace. Because when you show yourself grace, you’ll show it to your kids too.

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      Khaki & Dew says

      THANK YOU for that! That one thing will repeatedly keep me from succeeding to achieve even one list item on additional days. It’s toxic, frustrating, depressing……wow – I guess that means it’s (beating yourself up/guilt) a ploy of the enemy. THIS should be #1, not #51

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    I clicked over from Giving Up on Perfect. This year for my word, I chose “diligent”. I want to become diligent in different aspects of my life and I think this list will help me in my quest to be a more diligent, with it, present, mother. Thank you!

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    Love this list! I just found you blog through clicking through about 3 other blogs…link…link…link.
    Thanks for the list. I think I will print it and refer to it often to make sure I stay focused. There are so many things on it that I have thought of doing (and some that I have done) but I want to make sure I don’t lose sight of the goal.

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    How fabulous is this a co-ordinator for mothers union parenting groups I want you to make it available via their address , is that O.K. with you before I do?

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    Toni says

    I needed to see this. When you have a child edging on the terrible teens, it’s hard to remember that they are still your babies and need affirmations of their goodness.

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    Olga K says

    Hi Kristen, can i translate this into Ukrainian and use it for the Parenting 101 at my church? Thanks!

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    Jennifer says

    Great list! I do want to mention “telling your kids WHY you love them” saying “I live you because you have a caring heart towards others” can imply that your love for them in based on a condition which is not a message we want to give our kids. We love them unconditionally. Might be better to say “You have a really caring heart and I think that’s so wonderful”

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      Jennifer says

      I used to ask my husband why he loved me. His answer was “I just do. Its not based on anything you’ve done. I just love you unconditionally” best answer ever! Really opened my eyes on how I was raised to feel like I had to earn love. Consciously trying to raise my kids to understand unconditional love which is what our Lord has for us.

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