In society today, we receive news and media coverage faster than ever before. Our children can easily overhear updates about national disasters on the radio in the grocery store. They see photos on magazines at the checkout counter. They hear about world problems from classmates at school. No matter the method of intake, it is impossible to protect our children from every piece of bad news, whether the news is personal, community, national or world.
As parents, how can we display and impress upon our children’s hearts that God is in control? Today I’m sharing 5 simple ways to help children feel secure. These suggestions are everyday ideas that can be easily overlooked when encountering stressful situations.
1. Show affection through hugs and kisses.
Showing physical affection to children encourages them like nothing else can. The security of knowing that mom and dad care enough to give them a high five or rub their head at any moment can go a long ways. When children grow older, it’s easy to forget that a hug or a kiss is still a great reminder of a parent’s love. Strive to remember to give physical affection even through the teen years.
2. Take time to enjoy physically caring for them.
For little ones, don’t forget to take a few minutes to play in the bathtub. With older children, make their favorite meal or have them join you in the kitchen to make a snack. Find a new way to do an old thing. Recently I bought new water bottles for my boys to use during baseball season. Simple and inexpensive, but they loved it!
You may not be able to implement all of the ideas, but choosing one can make a difference in your child’s feelings of security. We’d love for you to check out the rest of the ideas on the Faithgateway blog today! What ideas have you found help your child feel secure?
Rachel at RachelWojo.com