"We know how dearly God loves us. And we feel this warm love everywhere." —Romans 5:5 TLB
Real Love: Pricey or Priceless?
Feeling guilty that you cannot afford to give your children more "stuff"?
Things are disposable; love, character and compassion aren't.
Richard M. DeVos reminds us that, "Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A word of optimism and hope. And you can do it when things are tough."
It doesn't cost a penny to give your child these gifts of love, reflecting God's love for us.
- Hug your child when discouraged. A hug improves overall mood and create feelings of acceptance and compassion. For teen guys, a pat on the shoulder will do.
- Notice when your child improves or does something right or well. Focus less on perfection and more on their baby steps of accomplishment.
- Affirm your child when he shows compassion towards the disabled or less fortunate.
- Encourage your son or daughter with words that affirm their value.
- Listen deeply to your child with a "tell me more" attitude.
- Repeat—often—the ways God provides for your family.
- Remind your child of his God-given strengths.
- Pray with your child about their concerns.