Love is… not punching my brother. – Benny, age 6
The first attribute found in God’s definition of love (1 Corinthians 13) is patience. In today’s society we don’t do well with patience. We have been trained for the immediate and today’s children are no different. Patience is something that is taught by modeling this behavior. You cannot tell a child to be patient with their sibling and then be in the car driving to the grocery store yelling at the driver in front of you because he is going too slowly.
As parents we must remember that there are always eyes watching to see how we will handle situations. A child is more prone to do what we do rather than do what we say. They are visual learners. We must be conscious how we are reacting to the things around us in word and action. When they watch us our children are learning the “love acted out loud” virtue of patience.
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