One of the most important needs of human life is our need for connection: connecting with God and connecting with each other. This spring break I pray that you are able to connect with your child. Whether you are working or on vacation, take time daily to listen, play, and just "be" with your precious little one. This time is so valuable during these developmental years of life. I encourage you to put down your phones, close your computers, and just have good old fashioned fun!
One line I find myself saying frequently is, "connection before correction." If you find your child is not listening or obeying, ask yourself, "Have I connected with my child recently?" Another good question to ask yourself is, "What is this behavior telling me?" You may think they just aren't listening or they are choosing to disobey, but behind every behavior is a reason and when we pause to ask ourselves these two questions it can help shape our response to our child.
This week I encourage you to be intentional, slow down, and savor moments with your child. Take note of the positive changes you see. As always, if you are having a hard time connecting, ask God to help you see your child the way He sees them. You can even try praying with your child and asking God to help you both. I hope you have a wonderful spring break and enjoy these meaningful moments with your loved ones.
Five Daily habits to connect with your child:
Aim for 12 hugs (physical connection) a day (Try it, it may be harder than it sounds, especially with wiggly ones!)
Play with your child (Whatever game they want to play, yes even with silly voices on the floor and all!)
Turn off technology (Show up and be present, get outside or build a fort.)
Make time for one-on-one (This gets tricky with large families, but even 10-15 minutes can make a difference!)
Welcome emotion, listen, and empathize (Bedtime chats, prayers, and snuggles are a great place to do this).
Faith Presbyterian Women's Cookbook Submissions:
The Presbyterian Women are making a new book of recipes from church and preschool members. These books will be on sale later this year and the proceeds will help update church furnishings including the library. If you would like to be included in this book of recipes, please send a copy of your favorite recipe to Karin Marsh by 4/14. You can send in a paper copy or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to our Brick Scholarship Fundraiser. We were able to raise over $8,000 for scholarships because of your generous donations. Thank you Faith family! We are planning to reveal the bricks at Family Fun Night on April 27th. We hope you'll make plans to join us!