*Note: there was no day 13 or 14 due to the weekend.
No doubt that the harsh words I have used in the past have caused some damage to heart of my children. I know if someone consistently spoke to me with harsh words, it would effect me.
In turn, my kind words can bring healing to their hearts. The kindest words beginning with, “I’m sorry.” So not only must I refrain from the harsh words and tone, but I must replace those with words of encouragement and life.
We are good at pointing out when our children has done a fault, but rarely do we point out when a child has done something noble. We brush it aside because, well, that’s what is expected of them.
No wonder children give up on trying to please us! By our lack of affirmation, they are still rejected!
My goal this week is to begin to heap on words of encouragement and affirmation to my children. They need it, just like we need it. When we do something that’s “expected” of us, like cleaning the house and cooking dinner, never hearing a word of thanks or affirmation can take it’s toll.
Don’t misunderstand, we shouldn’t be brewing and expecting gratitude–but it sure is a treat when we hear it, right? It’s no different with our children. If they don’t hear they are accepted by us through our kind words, they may just look for it elsewhere.