Paying Attention To Our Children-Part 1 – Purposeful Living

{our oldest, age 12}

{A Series On Purposeful Living From My Husband Todd}

 These posts are designed to model a system of purposeful living.  At least once a month, I spend time setting meaningful goals around one of seventeen core priorities.

If you missed it, consider reading the foundation post – Purposeful Living #1.
Correct Priority
Priority #5 – Social Health – Immediate Family-Children (My 3 Girls-Social & Emotional Health)
Many dads get the big stuff right.  But it is the little things that make our children feel special, valued, and cherished.  Paying Attention To Our Children will be an ongoing series highlighting the little ways in which I purposefully notice the little things in the lives of my girls.
In most cases I think I care far more about the details than they do, but even in these cases there is one thing of which I am certain – they know I love them.  And a child who feels loved and cherished by their father (in addition to mom) is a child better positioned to thrive.
Goal Setting & Reflection Date
Monday, April 9
Take my three girls to Walgreens at 7am to catch the 50% off sale on Easter items.
Goals Status
Friday nights are family nights in our household.  And one family night tradition is dad loading up his 3 girls and heading to Walgreens.
What they buy and how much they spend is up to them.  It is their money.  They earn money primarily through chores at home and birthdays.
These Walgreens visits are made extra special when it is the Friday after a holiday.  The holiday candy and other items are marked down 50%!  Woo Hoo!  But the problem of waiting until Friday is that the really good stuff is already gone.
So last night I got the idea we should get there really early this morning (which happens to be the day after Easter) to get best pick of what we wanted.  I asked each girls while tucking them in if they wanted to get up at 7am to be the first ones there for Easter deals.  All three of them said, “Yes!”
So that’s what we did.  My oldest got some candy.  My youngest two bought small stuffed bunny rabbits.  It was fun.
A little silly.  Maybe a bit dumb.  But fun.  A memory.
It even made my oldest’s Facebook status.  Now that is an accomplishment.
Link To Foundation Post
Purposeful Living #1

Outline Of All Purposeful Living Posts
Purposeful Living Series

Links To Additional Posts In This Series (to come)
Paying Attention To Our Children-Part 2
Paying Attention To Our Children-Part 3


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  • Amy Bowman
    June 4, 2012 at 3:56 am

    @Stacy I wondered if we would get Husker comments! I love that the very first comment is a husker fan 🙂 Thanks for making me smile…and for reading the blog!

  • Stacy
    June 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Love this idea:) And as a Husker fan (that doesn’t live in Nebraska and that has never been a resident of Nebraska) I love your daughter’s shirt:)

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