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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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If you’re like many of us, January came and went way too fast, New Year’s resolutions have already been broken, and you still can’t believe that it’s 2022! But, don’t despair, it’s never too late to rally up the kids for a fun family “meeting” and set some goals and new traditions for the year—like pancakes and pajamas parties on Saturday mornings, or FriYAY popcorn and movie nights! So, put some date nights on the calendar—and not just for you, but with your kids! Go out for ice cream, spend a couple of hours at the beach, go to a matinee, or throw the ball in the park. Here’s one of my favorites, and you get to do it all month long because February was made for this (yes, I am talking about LOVE): Start a LOVE box!
What’s a love box? This can be a shoebox or an Amazon box of any size. Let the kids get creative and decorate it with hearts and stickers. You can cut a slit in the top of it or have a lid so you can open and close it. Place the box in a visible place, perhaps on the center of the kitchen table. Every day in February, place a handwritten note for each child inside the box telling them what you love about them, or words of encouragement, or a verse the Lord put on your heart for them. Some days, add fun gifts to the box—like stickers, fruit snacks, a pack of gum, lip gloss, fingernail polish, ponytail holders, a stuffed animal, a superhero figure, or their favorite treat! Maybe your child loves time with you—put a coupon in the love box for a date night, a trip to the beach, or lunch at their favorite restaurant. Maybe you have a snuggle bug who just needs physical affection—create a coupon to cuddle up and read books or watch a movie. Be creative with this and make it intentional and personal.
And of course, go big on February 14, by letting your children know how much you LOVE them and how much more their heavenly Father loves them! There are so many great books on love for children of all ages. I get these out every year and read them to my kids. One of my favorites is 5 Love Languages of Children.
Be intentional this month to talk about what love is and, together as a family, memorize your favorite verses on love. Have the kids write them out on poster boards and decorate them and hang them in your house or on the refrigerator. Here are some verses to get you started:
Remember, the days are long, but the years are short. So, make the most out of every day you have with the precious children God has given to you and love them well.