Monday, September 3, 2007

Teaching Love.

Teaching our Children to truly Love during Good times and Bad times is a real challenge I face.
They like it when everything is going "good". They Love their siblings when they are happy.
What about when everyone is grumpy? When someone is sick? When someone is having a "bad day." That is the perfect opportunity to teach them that life is not always full of UPS. There are bad times and you have to Love at all times even when it's hard......I'm afraid they learn this through me and my own weakness. I also have to keep reminding myself that Love is a decision and not a feeling.......

This is borrowed from anothers blog but I loved what it said.
Who and what we truly are is really reflected by whether we love and accept others just as they are, right where they are.

"I tell my boys that they can appear all sorts of things to others, but who they truly are to their siblings/family is what they really are~

Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not think it is better than someone else.

It does not gossip.

It does not gossip even under the names of "being concerned" or "needs prayer."

It does not try to change, control, manipulate, pressure, dictate, insist. It does not judge, condemn, look down upon.

It does not seek it's own way. It does not use others. Love does not try to make a name for itself.

Love is not self-righteous. Love is not jealous. Love does not compare one to another.

Love does not threaten with words or attitudes.

Love doesn't use the "silent treatment." Love isn't in your face either."

If I can teach my children but one thing..To Love...
We get so stressed teaching our children to do math
We get so worked up teaching our children to read
But if we can teach our children to "Love at all times"
we have taught them something that God said is the
most important.

So many times I've heard people say "their too young to teach
compassion. " I will teach them manners when they get older.
I will teach them to respect authority when they know whats going
on. My kids are to young to help out . My kids can't change a diaper.
Hold a sick brother. Help make a meal for someone who needs it.
When should you start teaching your children to love...There is no magic
age you should begin, it should just always be there...Teaching, loving,learning.
It should start from the beginning.The day their born. I'm still learning to
Love unconditonaly. I'm thankful for God's grace in my life...

May we each find unconditional love today and may we each
give unconditional love today and always..

building memories.


~tmc~ said...

That's a great post! I especially liked your list of things about love and what it shouldn't do.


Cormac Mac Art said...
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Amber G. said...

YES and AMEN to everything! Great thoughts... thanks for sharing them -- they got me thinking about things I should be teaching Jo... I think sometimes it's hard with the first (and especially because I have only one at this point) because it is easy to assume that she is too young to understand certain things... but I know she is soaking in everything around her and learning by my example...

I loved the pictures, too. You have SUCH beautiful children.

Love ya,


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