Sometimes it might feel overwhelming to think of spending individual special time with each of your kids, when your life is already buzzing with schedules, daily tasks, homeschooling, and so on; but it’s so worth making it a priority! We noticed as we were raising our 14 children that it was the loud ones who got more attention. We began to feel bad that the quiet ones seemed to get left out. Still, even the loud ones seemed to need time of their own.
So first of all, just what does it mean to delight in your preschooler? Delighting in them means you communicate that there is nothing you’d rather be doing than spending time with them. It means you focus on all the positive ways God made them unique. It means to communicate to their little heart that you are delighted to be their mom or dad and you enjoy spending time with them. It means intentionally focusing on what is really important and learning to step into their shoes. It means that you believe the best of them and are their biggest cheerleader. The world won’t do it. It’s up to you!
So- here’s a little list of 20 ways you can show your little one that they are special to you:
The family is the basic training for life.
God designs your family and as you learn to relate properly to each one, you are being prepared to interact with others later in life.
God designs our life curriculum. Be sure you teach your kids how to interact with those within their family and church and neighborhood.
Give them the tools they need to make wise decisions.
God has created the family to be the training ground for children. Since we are all born with a sin nature, righteous behavior doesn’t come naturally. Therefore, it is our primary job as parents to train our kids to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and mind. That awesome job requires intentional time put into training them to look to Scripture as the practical guidebook for their lives that supplies them with principles to follow and answers to every dilemma they will face. Continue reading What to do When Kids Don’t Get Along
Mondays with Marilyn
Errands are a fact of life, but turn them into special times. When I did my errands I would take one of my kids with me. It was a great time to connect with that child, talking about whatever they wanted to , maybe stopping for a special treat on the way home.