" PRAISE "
To her great surprise, she arrived at her sister's home to find her children playing quietly, eager to see her but quick to obey her sister's slightest request. " What did you do? " she whispered to her sister. " They're never this well behaved ! " Her sister replied, " Nothing, really. Before you left, I read a little article about parenting and I just did what it said." The woman said, " What was it? Give me the formula please ! "
The sister picked up the article and read, " tell children what to do, far more than you tell them what not to do. And then praise them for what they do- instead of criticizing them for what they don't do." Smiling at her sister, she added, " It seemed to work."
Fathers, hug them tight.
Let them know you LOVE them
Morning, noon, and night.
Put your arms around them,
Hold them near to you,
Feel the beating of their hearts,
The life that you made new.
Roll around the floor with them,
Tease and laugh and play.
Listen to what they'll tell you,
They have so much to say.
Take time to get to know them,
See the colors in their eyes.
Appreciate that person
That deep inside them lies.Let them run their fingers through
your hair and down your face.
Fill their hearts with words of praise.
Make home their favorite place.
Cuddle with them on the couch
And watch a t.v. show.
Sing with them or share a book,
And help their world to grow.
Take a walk into the park,
Hold each others hand,
Build castles in the sand.
Mothers, touch your children,
Fathers, hug them tight.
Show them what a gift they are.
To LOVE them feels so right.
and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)
# 1) My hands are small, don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short, slow down so that I can keep up with you.
# 2) My eyes have not seen the world as yours have; let me explore it safely; don't restrict me unnecessarily.
# 3) Make time for me, housework will always be there; I am only little once.
# 4) I have feelings too; don't nag me about my inquisitiveness. Treat me as you would like to be treated.
# 5) I am a gift, treasure me as God intended. Hold me accountable, give me guidelines to live by, discipline me with love.
# 6) I need encouragement to grow, not empty praise. Go easy, you can correct the things I do without putting me down.
# 7) Give me the freedom to make decisions, even if they are not always right. Permit me to fall, so I can learn to walk.
# 8) Don't do things repeatedly for me; that makes me feel like my efforts do not measure up to your expectations. Please do not compare me with others; I am me, not them.
# 9) Don't be afraid to leave me with grandparents so that you can have a weekend together. Kids need some times away from parents, just as parents need some time away from children. Besides it shows us that your marriage is something very special.
# 10) Take me to Gods house and introduce me to Him, because I will need Him for the rest of my life.
That needs special care
Do " Take care of these tiny gifts
For they are very rare."
"Watch over them with all your love
And let them feel your touch
Take care of their every need
For you are needed very much."
" These gifts will grow up very fast
As you soon will see
Love them with all your heart
And let them be what they will be."
" When these gifts have fully grown
Look at Heaven up above
Know they exist because of God
And all his precious grace and love."