Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Real Love: Pricey or Priceless?

"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.

  1. 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.
  2. Notice when your child improves or does something right or well. Focus less on perfection and more on their baby steps of accomplishment.
  3. Affirm your child when he shows compassion towards the disabled or less fortunate.
  4. Encourage your son or daughter with words that affirm their value.
  5. Listen deeply to your child with a "tell me more" attitude.
  6. Repeat—often—the ways God provides for your family.
  7. Remind your child of his God-given strengths.
  8. Pray with your child about their concerns.

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