Thursday, February 22, 2001

20 Ways To Enjoy Your Children

1.  Laugh with them, often.
2.  Don't wish your day away.
3.  Don't wish they were older/younger.
4.  Tell them you love them all the time.  Show them even more.
5.  Listen to them; really listen to them.
6.  Look them in the eye when they talk to you.
7.  Don't compare them to other children.
8.  Love them where they are at.
9.  Give them lots of hugs and kisses.
10.  Don't be their best friend, be their parent.
11.  Stick to your rules, be consistent.
12.  Show them love by your careful discipline.
13.  Speak kind words, don't yell.
14.  Read to them/let them read to you.
15.  Smile at them.
16.  Pray for them specifically, daily!
17.  Play with them.
18.  Don't give them everything they want.
19.  Sit together in church as a family.
20.  Worship and serve together.

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  1. Great reminders for me. Bennett is still so young, but I already find myself distracted, avoiding eye contact with him. Annoyed with his clinginess, etc., etc. One thing I have done is the hugging, kissing, and saying I love you. I am sad, because my little one doesn't want to be rocked any bummer.

  2. Love the list, especially the last two.

  3. Absolutely love this list!! Thank you for the important reminder to ENJOY our children!

  4. This is such an excellent reminder! I always try to love on mine as much as possible, but I am definitely guilty of wishing my days away and playing the comparison games especially!

  5. Thanks for the reminders!! I love this list to add to what I already do as well!! Big hugs sweetie!

  6. LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!!!! all so true!

  7. We need to remember to enjoy being mommy. I love your list! And completely agree with the reminder that we need to be their parents not their best friends! They need Mommys and Daddys so much!

    My little ones are growing up so fast! Hard to believe the time flashes before our eyes!

    Great post!

    Building Home with Him,

    Mary Joy

  8. What a wonderful list! I think these ideas are so helpful no matter the age of our children. It's often the little things - like making eye contact and smiling - that let our children know how much we love them.


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