It was blustery, cold and windy out this morning in upstate, NY. All I wanted to do was stay inside, in my cozy black leggings I wore last evening to bed. But my daughter was scared to go out in the wind and snow and begged me to walk with her to the bus. For a moment I wanted to tell her to be tough and she’d be alright; but then, His still small voice begged me to show her a different response.
So without thinking, I got on my boots, threw on my coat, wrapped a scarf around my head and walked her out to the bus, hand in hand. Not heroic, by any stretch of the imagination, but endearing none the less.
I think about these moments; aren’t these the ones that will fasten in their memories forever? The little things we do, to show our children we care and love them special.
Here are 5 ways you can go the extra mile with your kids to show them that you care:
1) Create a Mama & Me Journal. This is a great way to bond with each, individual child. Instructions on how to make one is in the link above. Oh, and you will be blessed as the Mommy! Here’s my six year old daughter’s most recent letter to me:
2) Date Your Kids! My husband and I just started this. Twice a month we take turns taking our daughter or son out on some errands and doing something fun. If it is my son and I, we call it a date. If it is my daughter and I, we call it a fun day. Same idea with my husband. Take time out of your busy schedules to give your undivided attention to each child individually is so important!
3) Make Time To Read To Them. My wonderful hubby puts the two older kids to bed each night. He’s been reading to them out of the 100 Read & Sing Devotions book. Another great one you might consider (especially for the month of February) is I Love You No Matter What. This sweet story offers a comforting message: a parent’s love is always there to come home to.
4) Love Your Children Where They Are At. If you find yourself wishing your children were older, or dreaming of the days you could hold their sweet scented body in your arms, stop yourself. It’s okay to reminisce, but sometimes we can forget to love our children right where they are at. Each stage has its joys and challenges, but take time to show them that you love them, even on the ugly days. They need your love the most during these challenging moments!
5) Create A Special Love Sign For Each Child. I haven’t done this, but I want to try it. Whether it’s simply signing the words I love you, or having a certain signal word, create a fun and different way to say I love you to each child.
Traci is a curly-headed dreamer who loves her Savior, adores her best friend called Hubby, and her three children! She never knew how much she would love being at home full time with her kids, but she does (most days)! What a privilege and high calling! She loves to blog, take pictures, cook, decorate cakes, and make her home cozy and inviting! She also enjoys teaching women God’s Word through Bible studies at church and online devotions. It is her desire to glorify God through encouraging and edifying other women. It is her heart’s cry to motivate women to abide in Christ, respect their spouse, and raise their little ones to know the love of Jesus. God’s grace captivates her in such a way that she wants her life to make a difference for His glory.