God knew your strengths and weaknesses when you signed up to be a parent, and He still hired you. So if He doesn’t regret giving you the job of raising His children, then you have nothing to feel guilty about. You are free to be yourself. You know your kids and what they need, so trust the insight God has given you. He assures us in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that He will be strong where we are weak. All we have to do is depend on Him.
– Lisa Whelchel
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- Brush their hair
- Gentle shoulder squeeze as you walk past.
- Holding hands as you walk.
- Sitting close enough to touch.
- Leave a note of encouragement for them in their lunch.
- Let them overhear you talking positively about them to someone.
- Say affirmations with them each day.
- Call or text them out of the blue with an inspirational quote.
- Engage 100% in a one of their favorite activities.
- Set aside time once a week to have one on one time together. Plan throughout the week what you will do together.
- Be present in their room doing some work (on the phone, cleaning, etc) while they play.
- Surprise them with their favorite snack when going grocery shopping.
- See something special in nature and offer it to them.
- Wrap-up a forgotten and cherished toy with a note sharing a specific memory of them and the toy.
- Gather wild flowers to present to them after a walk.
- Start a fun collection of something that you bring home after each trip just for them.
- Do one of your kids’ chores such as taking out the garbage, doing the dishes or making the bed.
- Fill-up the gas in your teen’s car.
- Help your child with a large task after they’ve started it on their own.
More Parenting Book Recommendations:
Praying Circles Around Your Children (Mark Batterson), Shepherding a Child’s Heart (Ted Tripp)
Parenting (Paul David Tripp)
How To Love Your Teenager – Dr. Ross Campbell
Bill Gothard’s material on Chain of Command.
How to Catch a Dragon (has a new title now),
Tough Guys and Drama Queens
The Connected Child
Anatomy of the Soul
Out-of Sync Child
Captivating and Wild at Heart by Eldridge and his wife.
Parenting beyond your capacity- Carey Nieuwhof & Reggie Joiner.
Orange wrote a book called Its Just a Phase- it has really helped me understand what’s going on in my kids at the specific age they are at.
Age of Opportunity – for preteens and teens
Dare to Discipline
Boyhood and Beyond by Bob Schultz