Dear Friend:

Today I was reminded by Joe White (President, Kanakuk Ministries) of ten ways to tell our children how much we love them. It doesn’t matter how old they are. Take a moment, read through this list, and choose a few of these creative ways to bless your children (or grandchildren). We are so thankful for Kanakuk Kamp and all the leaders and staff there in Lampe, Missouri. Our children have been so blessed each summer as they spend several weeks outdoors and with such awesome role models.

Ten Ways to Tell Your Child, “I Love You” by Joe White

  1. Keep a scrapbook of your child’s awards, newspaper clippings, photos, and so on. Get it out every so often and look at it together.
  2. Next time your child brings a paper home from school, find three things you admire about the paper and appreciate them!!!
  3. When you tuck your child in bed at night (at any age), just as you turn out the lights tell them, “I love you and am proud to be your mom/dad.”
  4. Every day catch your child in the act of doing something good and tell them about it.
  5. “I love you because__________________,” “I appreciate you for ________________,” “I admire you because __________________;” are three great ways to begin each “First conversation after school.”
  6. Place a piggy bank in the kitchen and every one put in a donation before breakfast for a less fortunate child. (Compassion International or Kids Across America are great places to start.)
  7. Write an encouraging note on his/her bathroom mirror with shaving cream or wipe off marker.
  8. Before bed, ask your child, “How can I pray for you?” and pray to God out loud.
  9. Tape a Bible verse to the steering wheel of your child’s car (or computer screen or bicycle) each day or each Friday before school.
  10. As we teach our counselors at kamp, “Praise motivates, criticism kills.”

The days are long but the years are short.

-Joe White. President Kanakuk Ministries.

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