Monday, September 19, 2016

a small piece of good advice

I have lots of experience parenting small children, but when it comes to my older kids, I am in uncharted waters. Most of the time I wonder if I am doing it right. I found this little bit of wisdom from President Monson helpful, and wanted to pass it on.

He said, "Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, 'I love you' more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."

I think my kids are the best, really and truly. But do I tell them that I feel that way? Do I ever say thank you for being kind and obedient and helpful? Probably not often enough. We have a tendency towards sarcasm at our house, and I think we need to make a greater effort to be sincere in our compliments and affection, even when it doesn't come naturally. It's a good goal for a new week.

Lots of other, good snippets of advice from President Monson about fostering love at home here.

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