As the sun rises, are you ready for the start of a New Year? Are all-systems-go in the annual building of resolutions? How about just one more easy habit to take on for 2017 – one that I guarantee will generate good-feelings in your child.
AND, this intention only takes about 30 seconds. And, it’s flexible: it fits into your morning, or your evening routines, or whenever. What could be better!
What is this simple practice?
Bless your children.
Blessings are simply saying good things to your kids, on behalf of God. It’s giving them a daily stamp of approval! Like swearing on a Bible, you state truthful words; language your children desperately need to hear.
Easy instructions: Get started today! Trace with your finger, the sign of the cross either on their forehead or on their hand, while saying their name and something up-lifting about the new year ahead. Try this…
You are a very special person, created by God to do good in the world. May you eagerly approach the New Year, open to change and excited by new beginnings.
Tomorrow, either repeat the same words or use something else.
Want to know a secret?
You can even use these affirming words to bless yourself!
(I’m thinking that I’ll start off the new year doing just that.)
Whatever words you use, start an easy, new habit and bless your child every day.
A sunrise over Lake Superior by Sharon Mollerus, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.