Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Three Ways to Show Your Daughter Your Love

Connecting with a growing girl isn't always easy. She's moody. She's stubborn. She's changing and sometimes it feels that she's leaving you behind. You've got to step up your game and be diligent to find and make connections with her. Keep trying! Don't ever give up when it comes to showing your daughter that you are interested in her, her friends, and her life. Check out these three areas to focus on:

Winning words. Use your words today to affirm your child. Shore her up with language that encourages and uplifts. Try these:
  • I love you!
  • You are beautiful!
  • Jesus loves you!
  • God made you so very special!
  • Cute outfit! 
  • Your hair looks nice.
  • I am glad God gave you to our family!
  • I am so proud to be your mom!
  • I noticed how (fill in the blank with a positive character trait, such as kind, helpful, generous) you were when you were dealing with so-and-so yesterday. I like seeing God's love shine through you.
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Loving looks. How do you look at your girl? Do your eyes and your expressions convey your love? Let them! Sometimes we moms get so busy we do not stop to enjoy just looking at our daughters, just enjoying the funny, adorable things they do! They notice when we give them a look of love!

Absolute affection. Some moms may find they come up short in this department. It is not that you do not love your child, it is just that you were not brought up to be affectionate. Ask God to help you be liberal in open displays of love for your daughter! Hugs, kisses, cuddles—these are moments both you and she will cherish! Your lavish affection for your child will do some unseen work in her heart and mind: It gives her security and peace.

Btw, need I remind you that these are things that take TIME to do? Take time today to show your daughter that you are interested, you care, and you really do love her.

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Ellen said...

I appreciated these words. I need to be reminded that even simple things make a big difference. Several of my friends have teenage daughters, so I know what's coming up (ack!), but I also know how they feel a sense of time slipping away. This pricks my conscience. Since my daughters are younger, I should be taking more time now to build a stronger foundation for our relationship.

Rebecca Ingram Powell said...

Ellen, you are so right! Invest in those girls now, and you will reap the rewards in the years to come!

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