Loving

“Of all things love is the most potent.” ~ Maria Montessori

Of course parents love their kids. But loving our kids is so much more than a feeling; it’s the foundation of how and why we parent on purpose!

POP Parenting starts with our relationship with our kids. Hang out with us long enough and you’ll hear us say that rules without relationship breeds rebellion.

 

Attachment Parenting

Baby Wearing

“We must acknowledge that bearing and raising children is not some pesky, peripheral activity that we engage in, but the whole point.”  ~ Susan Maushart

We are big fans of many of the Attachment Parenting ideas and practices. We think they lay a foundation of love early in childhood. Here you’ll find blogs and podcasts and resources that mesh with the Attachment Parenting movement.

If you look in the categories list in the right column of many of our pages, you’ll see a link for Attachment Parenting. Check it out if you’re interested joining the conversation about this movement and some of the ideas and practices closely related to it:

  • Baby Wearing
  • Breastfeeding
  • Co-Sleeping
  • Baby Communication
  • Balance and Boundaries
  • Homebirth
  • Elimination Communication
  • Homeschooling
  • Natural & Sustainable Living

By the way — we are SO NOT the all-or-nothing people. You might really dig the idea of baby wearing and breastfeeding but prefer a hospital birth, diapers and public school. We’re not here to say, “Do everything our way!” We just want to share some of the things that have been valuable to us.

Take what you like; leave what you don’t.

 

Communication

Smart People

“Give me the gift of a listening heart.” ~ King Solomon

When it comes to loving our kids and building a strong relationship, communication is KING!

In this section, you’ll find conversations and ideas and tips for building a strong communication in your family:

 

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Conflict Stewardship
  • Language Development
  • Role Playing
  • Honor and Respect
  • Baby Communication
  • Elimination Communication

 

Authority

Discussion

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother,’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.'” ~Ephesians 6:1-3  

If relationship is the foundation of loving our kids, then authority is the framework. Authority doesn’t mean control or manipulation — it’s about providing a calm and consistent environment so kids can feel safe and fully believe that we are on their team. Authority comes when we are fully committed to parent on purpose.

Join the conversation about true authority looks like and what it means when our voice has more weight in our child’s life than any other voice.

 

 

Family Culture

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“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”
~ Brad Henry

 

We love our kids when pay attention to what makes them tick and we allow their personalities and interests to help shape our family culture.

Parenting on Purpose sometimes looks like intentionally focusing on building a strong family culture that helps kids find and develop identity.

In this section, we’re talking about:

  • Faith & Spirituality
  • Passion & Purpose
  • Creativity
  • Free Time With a Purpose
Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 5 to 29), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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    • We love you Bella, and we are so glad we got the chance to meet you! You are an amazing young woman of God, and we sincerely hope you will keep in touch. God is going to do mighty things in and through you!