Every child is special and precious, and part of our job as parents is to let them know how special they are, and how much they mean to us. However, real life can sometimes move us far away from that goal, and it is so easy to get distracted and take our eye off the target. As I sit here with my coffee, I can think of some of the times that I am guilty of doing exactly that, and you probably can think of a few times that the same thing happened to you.
Don't let the busyness of life push the loving kindness so far to the back of your mind that you miss the easy opportunities to show them they are loved and appreciated. It doesn't take anything but time, really. And it doesn't even require much time.
When they do something well, or display extraordinary kindness, or master something that has been tough to do, let the world know how proud you are of them! When our children were young, we had a "You Are Special" plate that we would set out for special occasions for any one of us - birthdays, game days, baptisms, getting braces put on or off, heading off to camp, and so on. They loved the recognition and appreciation, and it was such a simple and fun gesture.
These are the things that they will remember in the years ahead, and use them to pattern their own parenting. When I write these studies, it is with the same goal - that they explore and create and realize that they are special and bright and so unique!
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