It’s one thing to be a parent. It’s entirely another to be an intentional parent. Tracey Eaton feels blessed that he has the time and energy to be the latter each and every day for his four kids.
He and his wife, Kimberly, have been married for over 25 years now, and they feel as if they learn something new about each other every day, and they also feel that their children have taught them just as much as they’ve learned from them.
One of the greatest lessons that Tracey and Kimberly’s kids taught them was how to bounce back in the face of incredible adversity. Their son has battled with kidney disease, and he came out on the other side of it a stronger person. He never let his weakness make him weak, and that extraordinary strength inspired and continues to inspire the Eatons to this day.
They also feel remarkably lucky that, unlike other parents in the same situation, they were able to afford treatments for their son as well as being able to be there for him and their other children full-time through the entire ordeal. Most families would have had to worry about the cost of all of the medical bills and all of the time off of work piling up on top of them. All that the Eatons had to worry about was making sure their son got better—and thankfully, he did!
That wasn’t the only miracle to happen to the Eatons when it came to their kids, though. After they’d had three amazing kids of their own, they were blessed with the opportunity to adopt a child from the foster care system.
Now that they have a full brood of four healthy, happy kids, the Eatons focus on making their kids’ lives the best they can possibly be. And that starts with intentional parenting. Intentional parenting centers around a philosophy that empowers children to be more independent and confident in their own abilities.
Like most normal parents, Tracey and Kimberly don’t always get it right, but they definitely try their hardest and put their all into being the best possible parents they can be to their four wonderful children.