MENTAL HEALTH MONDAY: LET YOUR ACTIONS DO THE TALKING
“Do everything in love” I Corinthians 16:14
Happy Valentines Day! We have heard the saying; actions speak louder than words and I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips on how to love our children well through our actions. Life is full, busy, and sometimes goes at a pace that we can hardly keep up with. It is very easy to let the details of the day take over and forget how important it is to show love to our kids. It is a known fact that our children watch their parents. They pick up habits, sayings, mannerisms, and words easily. I am sure we could fill a page of funny, embarrassing, and humiliating stories. This can be both good and bad!
Here is a challenge for Valentine’s week. Let’s concentrate on making our children feel special through actions.
10 Ideas for Letting Your Actions Speak
- Learn their love language.
- Write them a letter.
- Put a note in their lunch each day.
- Include them in certain family decisions.
- Bend down to their eye level and actively listen.
- Ask them to teach you something.
- Put down your phone when they are speaking with you.
- Have an individual “date” with each child.
- Let them choose a movie for the family.
- Ask them to share their favorite scripture and explain why it is special to them.
Chances are, your family says “love you” before bed, on the way out the door, or on the phone. It feels good to hear those words, but they can also become a rote habit. How different does it feel to experience the love and care, knowing that someone went out of their way to spend time preparing something for you and creating a space for you?
Take time this week to show your love to each of your children. Is it an additional commitment? Sure. Is it worth the time and investment? Absolutely.
Speak confidentially with Nancy Secrest, licensed counselor, by contacting her at 614-410-4306 or sending her an email.