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.
What does it mean to be kind?
Love to me means that I have a open heart for others. ~Dani, age 7
While Valentine’s Day in the classroom means candy and parties, for others it is a source of pressure and for some it is just downright depressing. What would happen if families used the month surrounding this holiday to teach children what it means to show love to the people around them? We are told in Matthew 22 that to love our neighbor is “equally as important” as “loving the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind.” In fact the word love is used over 600 times in the Bible.
Sadly in today’s society we have no idea what it means. To a child life revolves around them but we are raising a generation of adults who have not grown out of this. To raise a marriageable and employable adult we have to cultivate the concept of love in our children.
What better a time to focus on this trait as a family then Valentine’s week?
How do we teach children real love? Please join us as we spend this week discussing the responsibility we have as parents to teach “love”.