Are You An Intentional Parent?

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Are You An Intentional Parent?

Encourager-In-Chief: April 7th, 2021

Progress, not perfection.

This week’s blog is written by my guest speaker, Nate Wagner, who will be presenting his seminar “Intentional Parenting” on April 22, 2021.

I believe all parents are on a journey. They are trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t in their family. Everyone is different. I have two young daughters age five and nine. I am a stay-at-home parent on Mondays and Fridays. This provided an opportunity for growth. I knew I needed to figure things out as a parent. At first, I was distracted and frustrated. Tasks needed to be done. I would see the dishes and feel guilty that I could not spend as much time on the floor with my daughter.

I went to bed tired, even though I knew I needed exercise. Instead of waking up when my alarm went off, I would go back to sleep. There was no method to how I started or ended my day. I just went through life trying to do whatever was urgent. Since then, I’ve realized that not all duties are equal in importance. The dishes may need done but not at the expense of time with my daughter.

woman in green hoodie sitting beside boy in red shirt

I also realized that the only way I could give my daughter my full attention is to schedule a time to tackle those household chores. Having a plan and preparing my day the night before became very important to me.

I knew with 100% certainty that I needed to change (almost) everything about how I cared for myself. My self-care plan was somewhat “adequate” but would need a lot of work to handle the extra stress.

The issue that I’m addressing in this seminar is that there are almost unlimited opportunities we have as parents. Sometimes we need help figuring out what is essential, and being intentional and purposeful in everything we do. It is difficult to know what makes the most difference and what we are doing just because we should, could, or ought to do them.

I am learning to focus on progress and not perfection in my parenting.

This excerpt is taken from Nate Wagner’s upcoming seminar, “Intentional Parenting,” which is being presented on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 9 am to 12 noon at the Comfort Suites in Manheim, PA. Register for this exciting new seminar here.

Nate Wagner’s book Sibling Suicide: Journey from Despair to Hope is available at


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