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.
When was the last time you gave yourself a pat on the back? Really! After all, you do hard work in the trenches — shepherding kids! (Whether they are yours or someone else’s.)
Nurturing children transpires into a mighty challenge! You spend time with them, read to them, carpool them all over town, offer healthy foods, make sure they brush their teeth, enforce a respectable bedtime… you love them! You are doing a great job, especially because you push through when it gets hard.
Because, sometimes you don’t have all of the answers.
It is the same way with talking to our kids about their spirituality. Do you feel inadequate? (I do.)
I’m giving you permission to add one small, but critical thing, to your parenting portfolio.
Keep on trying to add conversation about faith issues.
Figure out where you are regularly gathered all together. (In the car, at the dinner table, or at getting-ready-for-bed reading time). Make a new daily habit.
Ask just one question: Where did you see God today?
That’s all you have to ask. Just listen. (And don’t worry if it doesn’t happen every day.)
Allow time for digging deeper. Empower your family to wonder at the mystery of what God is up to and how he wants to be in your life!
Shepherding sheep by Biegun Wschodni, who has released this photo to the Public Domain. Offered at unsplash.com.
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