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Giving Your Children What Matters Most: 4 Tips for Mothers

By Comeuntochrist.org
A Mom happily playing with two children - 4 Tips for Mothers

As a mother, you can be hard on yourself. You can often feel like you must be perfect.

The house needs to be clean. The laundry must be done. Meals need to be prepared.

Oh, and don’t forget about all those extracurricular events for each of your children.

As you constantly attend to the daily wants and needs of your family, you must not only consider what needs to be done, but why you are doing it.

As a parent you often want to give your children opportunities you were not offered as you grew up, and sometimes the daily hurrying and scurrying from activity to activity drowns out the cherished moments that create lasting memories.

Stop for a minute and ask yourself a question: What matters most to your children?

Now, ask them that question, and compare answers.

Would it surprise you to discover that it is the small things that children remember and cherish the most? It isn't the extravagant family vacations, big houses, or fancy cars. Rather, it is the one-on-one time they share together.

So, how can you build and maintain a healthy relationship with your children that shows them you genuinely love them? Likewise, how can you help them create an innate sense of confidence and self-worth?

Here are four tips for Mothers:

1. Show Your Love Daily

Hugs, kisses, and using the words "I love you" cannot be overused, especially for teens who may battle feelings of self-doubt or insecurity.

2. Praise and Uplift

Everyone, especially children, thrive on feelings of recognition and acceptance. When you as a parent criticize or react negatively to your children's best efforts, it may result in irreparable damage to their self-worth and confidence. Conversely, your children will feel best about themselves if they receive praise and positive reinforcement from you.

3. Provide Counsel and Invite Open Communication

Help your children develop a healthy sense of their individual worth. Do not minimize or ignore your children's thoughts or feelings, but rather encourage them to express themselves and use that as a platform to openly communicate as parent and child.

4. Pray With and For Your Children

As a parent, you can always use help. As you pour out your heart to God to bless your children you invoke the blessings of heaven. As you do this with your children you teach them the power of prayer and set an example that they can emulate.