1. Let them tell their entire story to you without you interrupting or rushing them through.
2. Value their emotions, don’t discount them, and seek to understand their hearts.
3. Play with them without your to-do list agenda distracting you.
4. Clean their room as a surprise.
5. Let them choose dinner.
6. Let them help you cook dinner while you don’t worry about the mess.
7. Go for drives with them and show them the sunrise or sunset. Or just the beauty of the world.
8. Teach them about faith and joy and love.
9. Display their artwork.
10. Let them order whatever they want from the Starbucks menu.
11. Help them give back.
12. Get down on their level, look in their eyes, and tell them you love them.
13. When they want to help, let them, even though it takes considerably more time.
14. Teach them that less is more.
15. Keep the wonder moments in life.
16. Be optimistic.
17. Sit and read with them. Add in extra books.
18. Tuck them in at night.
19. Get up before them, get ready, so that when they wake up you can be present.
20. Teach them to speak the truth and value others.
21. Stop saying in a minute and just do it now.
22. Create family traditions and keep them.
23. Forgive. And forget.
24. Teach them to write thank you notes.
25. Let them be creative.
26. When they’re little if their clothes don’t match leave it.
27. Guard their innocence.
28. Don’t rush their growing up.
29. Don’t mourn their growing up.
30. Embrace each day for what it is – a gift.
31. Send them notes.
32. Get in the picture with them.
33. Teach them to love others and value them.
34. Listen to their plans for the future and support their dreams.
35. Have an abundance of books in your home.
36. Have an abundance of paper, pens, pencils, and markers.
37. Have an abundance of patience.
38. Watch movies together past bedtime.
39. Go to midnight movie premieres if you can.
40. Look at the years that they are in your home as finite and guard your time.
41. Put the phone away at the dinner table.
42. Never give up a chance to talk walks.
43. Hug them every day.
44. Tell them you love them even after a very hard day.
45. Save a meaningful toy from childhood.
46. Date their art projects.
47. Don’t fix their art projects so they look perfect.
48. Love them even when they seem distant.
49. See the good first.
50. Do not ever shame them. Educate.
51. Exercise grace.
52. Take time to play games.
53. Schedule your day with them in the schedule.
54. Teach them to see the little things in life.
55. Read stories with silly voices.
56. Read chapter books aloud even when they get older.
57. Learn to love what they love.
58. Don’t look down on them.
59. Don’t ever talk poorly of them.
60. Respect your teenagers. Think well of them.
61. Learn to say I’m sorry for the times when you’re wrong.
62. Make life magical when you can.
63. Take family pictures and love the ones that aren’t perfect.
64. Don’t watch their lives from the sidelines – get involved.
65. Teach them to help others and to give.
66. Keep the bar high, but not perfect.
67. Recognize where they succeed.
68. Teach them that life is about progress.
69. Teach them to look others in eye when they speak.
70. Don’t force words into them, instead let them speak.
71. Let them experience and see the world and learn to jump for their dreams.
72. Let them run.
73. Believe in their dreams.
74. Believe in their dreams AND help them achieve them.
75. Never EVER lose sight of the gift that they are in your lives.
76. On their birthday write them a note.
77. Keep pictures up in your home from when they were little.
78. Add pictures from when they get older.
79. Be thankful. Every single day.
80. Don’t ever lose perspective on the gift of being a parent.
81. Love. Love. And love.
82. Be you. You are exactly the parent they need.
Another list of blessings that we as parents can give to our kids. So often we look at the physical things as gifts, but in actuality, often it is the simple things – being present, listening, loving, and expressing our thanks that truly matters. Take some time today to step back and be grateful for the kids in your life.
What other blessings can you add to this list?
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