Center each day around unconditional love and giving
With so much going on in the world today I’ve been putting more focus on showing my daughter the importance of unconditional love and giving unto others. As parents, we can show our children right from wrong and truly lead by example. It’s not always easy and far from perfect but I’ve seen the positive impact. By showing our love, our children will not only feel loved but learn how to give love to others. Teaching children to give will be one of the best investments of time and care you can provide as a parent.
Celebrate your loved ones…Everyday
I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day and celebrate it each year to the fullest. There’s nothing wrong with all the holiday hoopla, I love it but I think it’s important to celebrate family and friends throughout the whole year. Teaching our children to show love and appreciation on days outside of traditional Hallmark time can be such a powerful message.
Even as family dynamics have changed and schedules have become increasingly more full we have kept Sunday afternoon as our family time. Some weeks are skipped but for the most part our tradition continues with Sunday fun day – family style.
Being present during my daughter’s childhood is so important to me and it remains a challenge with all the non-stop distractions from phones, tablets and everything else. We’ve made it a point to put down the devices during our family time and guess what, the world kept going. Our lives didn’t halt. I think about how much is gained from that dedicated time versus what we miss in the digital world. Basically, we miss a bunch of clutter and noise. Silencing our phones is just one way to celebrate our loves ones and be truly present.
Do you have a small tradition? A dedicated family day or time? I’d love to hear how your family connects and some of the ways you celebrate each other.
Start the lessons young and keep them going
Teaching children to give can start at anytime, there is no age limit and time limit with this wonderful act of kindness. How cool would it be if we just surprised our loved ones with a card, flowers or even their favorite meal? Get your little ones in the kitchen to bake cookies for a friend or teach to show your appreciation. Or take them to the store to help pick out flowers. Getting them involved in the process is a great way for them to experience the act of giving. Small acts of gratitude and appreciation can go so far in our relationships.
There is nothing sweeter than hearing my daughter say she wants to make someone a card. She chooses to just sit down and color because she feels right in the that moment. Maybe we should learn more from our children and follow their examples. I think I’ll join my daughter during her next card making session!
You’ll still find me in the card aisle picking out Valentine’s this week but don’t be surprised if messages of love come your way throughout the year. Let’s spread some much-needed love right now in a world that needs it most…every day!