Monday, February 14, 2011

More on Tying Heart Strings



Did you read my post yesterday on Tying Heart Strings?  Since posting that yesterday evening, I thought of two more ways to tie heart strings with our children.  These are important enough that I really wanted to add them to the list.  So, I am just going to pick up where I left off:

 

9.  LEARN

Be willing to learn about the things your children are interested in.  When your children are intrigued by a certain academic subject or hobby, take the time to learn more about that topic, so that you can enter in to conversations and/or enjoy watching or participating in the activity with them.  Some of the subjects I have willingly learned more about over the years due to a child's interests are:  piano, flute, violin, chalk drawing, basketball, baseball, football, competitive chess, camping, kayaking, the history of The War Between the States, and even Facebook!  ;)  When we take time to learn about something that our children are passionate about, it shows that we love them enough to value their interests, and builds some pretty strong heart strings!   I even know of families that have taken on new hobbies as an entire family that reflect a child's interest or passion -- such as attending war re-enactments or living history demonstrations.



10.  CONFESS/FORGIVE

One last thing -- be willing to admit when you are wrong and ask forgiveness.  Pride builds walls; humility tears them down!  Also be willing to forgive your children when they have made mistakes and come to you seeking forgiveness.


"He who covers and forgives an offense seeks love, but he who repeats or harps on a matter separates even close friends." -- Proverbs 17:9 Amplified version




As you've read this list of ten ways to tie heart strings with your children, have you thought about the fact that your children can apply these principles in their relationships with one another as well?  One of our primary goals in choosing home education for our family has been to build a close-knit, loving family, with ties that bind hearts together through the storms of life.  These heart-tying strategies will help our children develop lasting bonds with their siblings!


Furthermore, with this being Valentine's Day, I encourage you to go back and re-read all 10 ways of tying heart strings with your children, and think about how you could apply each one of these to tie some heart strings with your husband!   I think you'll readily see that it won't take much creativity to apply these to your marital relationship as well!


I hope you have fun tying some heart strings today!

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