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T.H.I.N.K. Method

I catch a glance at the time and cringe. I have about ten minutes before the effort it would take to get them out the door wouldn’t be worth the energy it would take to get them ready. I head to their room to wake them in spite of my ongoing, hopeless monologue. Cypress, my three-year-old, immediately begins whining for breakfast. Hasn’t the kid figured it out yet? I’ve only made him breakfast EVERY morning for the entirety of his toddler years. Next, a fit comes on about the shoes. Which of course, are on the wrong feet. Then the jacket. He can’t zip the jacket. I sigh, exasperated as I have to direct him from task to task – we’re late. Again.

Maybe you can relate? Your kids can’t seem to function without you barking commands at them every step of the way. You don’t know if it’s your fault you’ve made them this way, or if they’re really just that clueless. Though you have an inkling in your heart it shouldn’t be this way. They should be able to THINK, at minimum, one step ahead right?

It was after a lot of hard mornings with my firstborn that I knew something had to give. While being there every step of the way was endearing, it just wasn’t possible with three kids anymore. I wanted to equip my children to make decisions. I wanted them to be able to think critically. And yes I wanted them to be able to do it whether I was around or not. So I was inspired by the struggle to create the T.H.I.N.K. Method.

T.H.I.N.K is an acronym that will help you give your children necessary and invaluable critical thinking and decision making skills. The best part is you can utilize this tool in your everyday interactions. It will be something that you’ll want to keep in your tool belt FOREVER. I also designed a handy {free printable} to help you remember the acronym.

Proverbs 22:6 says “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

In this six-week series, I will navigate you through each letter of the T.H.I.N.K Method. But I don’t want you to just follow along; I want to hear from you. Each week I will provide an explanation of one of the letters of the T.H.I.N.K acronym, personal stories of struggles and examples of how I implement the tool, and finally an action step for you to try.

Action Step:

Parents, print off the T.H.I.N.K. method printable, hang it where you can see it, and let’s go on this journey of training up our children in the way they should go together. If you want some extra accountability, be bold and invite a friend to join us.

Leave me a comment introducing yourself and tell me about your precious kiddos. . See you back here next Thursday for more on letter T.

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