Children’s whose primary love language is words of affirmation especially need these words to feel loved.
For children, words of affirmation are like a gentle, warm rain falling on the soul; they nurture the child’s inner sense of worth and security.
Even though such words are quickly said, they are not soon forgotten. A child reaps the benefits of affirming words for a lifetime. (The 5 Love Languages of Children)
Here are a few ideas for parents to speak words of life to their children:
1. Mention something specific you have observed that highlights your child’s accomplishments. Examples include: “I really appreciated how you showed kindness to that other children,” or “I liked the positive attitude you had during the game.”
2. Send your older child a text message telling them how much they mean to you.
3. Take a picture of a creation your child has made and frame it with a note of why it means so much to you.
4. Call your child at home whenever you think of them to say, “I love you.”
5. Create an encouragement jar that you and your child can use to drop in notes of praise and read together regularly.
6. When a child makes a mistake trying to do something helpful, first use words to recognize that you knew of their good intentions.
See them blossom!
What the children will learn
2017-2016: Children will learn that Jesus gives us new life looking at John 13:1-17.
2015-2014: Children will learn to worship God by praying, looking at 1 Kings 8.
2013-2012: Children will learn that God gives us chances to help others, looking at Acts 28:16-31; Philippians 4:10-20; 2 Timothy 4:9-13.
2011-2010: Children will learn that the Bible equips us for life looking at 2 Timothy 3:10-4:5.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Let’s pray the Lord helps us to speak words of life to our children.