At one of the parenting seminars put on by the Pritchards, I learned it was important to really have pre-thought purpose to my parenting. In attempting to be intentional about parenting, it’s important to have a plan. What is your discipline structure going to look like? What will your weekly schedule be? What do you want to teach your children? What are your end goals? It is important to talk about these things with your spouse to get on the same page. If you don’t know what you want to teach or how you are going to respond to your kids behavior, good solutions will not just happen by accident. If you don’t have a plan, you will be a reactionary parent when it comes to your children’s problems or misbehavior. Reactionary parenting is not well received well by kids. Kids have the amazing ability to sense when you do not have purpose and play on that weakness. It also can lead to a lack of consistency, which never helps in improving your children’s behavior. If you are a reactionary parent, you are just teaching or responding off the top of your head, and it often comes in those extremely frustrating moments, which only leads to a negative reaction from both you and your children. Your parenting should be thought out and presented to your children in a clear way so that they know exactly how you are going to respond to their behaviors and can have confidence that you have a plan that will guide them to succeed in this life.