One of my favorite family traditions occurs a few days before school.
Each year we sit down as a family and I give each of our kids a word that will be their focus. I think and pray about what word would best fit their personality, what area they might need to improve in, and what would present a challenge for them.
I explain the reason why I chose the word and present them with a sign to put on the wall as a reminder. I have found this idea to be a great way for Carrie and I to be intentional with our kids throughout the year. It also helps facilitate great dinner conversations during the week.
I would encourage you to find ways to be strategic and intentional with your family as the school year begins. The time goes by fast so make the most of it.
Here are the words for our three kids this year. I pray that they can be an encouragement to you on your quest to be a strategic parent.
Oldest Son (16)
Focus: a center of activity, attraction, or attention; a point of concentration
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13–14
Middle Son (11)
Adaptable: able to change or be changed in order to fit or work better in some situation or for some purpose
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
Blessing: approval that allows or helps you to do something; help and approval from God; something that helps you or brings happiness
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord Colossians 3:23