As a mother of five children, I have had my fair share of thoughts about how to raise them well. I used to think that raising kids was the same for each one, but that technique failed miserably. It started with my first two. I thought that if I give them the same rules and expectations from my perspective, I would raise successful, kind, loving children.
I later learned that this didn't work with my unique children because my perspective of raising my children that way came from others. I didn't go into parenthood to fail or do wrong by my children, but at that point, I felt like I was doing a great job at failing. I knew I had to get clear and intentional so that I wouldn't continue to go down the same parental path with my younger children, and this is what I learned: