Written by Heather Garner Thursday, 09 February 2017 13:57
Folks, I cannot tell you how important it is to have a loving relationship with your children as they grow up.
They have to know you are there when everyone else seems to have abandoned them. When the darkness comes you have to be their one light to show them the way so they can see there is hope. Your relationship with them as they grow up is who they become as adults. You are forming who they will be. What a responsibility we have as parents.
Our children should be our first priority over such trivial things as the cocktail parties, the wonderful cruise you always wanted to take; that beach condo you have been thinking about.
The sweet faces of your children need to take priority over everything in your life. Teach them about God and talk about Him to them as they grow in character. Teach them they are never alone; love them with every fiber of your being. It will stay with them forever and they will pass it on to their own children. What a wonderful inheritance.
A mother recently shared a letter with me she had received from her adult daughter and I was so impressed that I want to share excerpts with you:
“. . . I’m thankful that I can help people. I’m blessed to have had such a wonderful childhood and parents who taught me to care about other people, have empathy and understanding, not to gossip and not to make fun of others, and to be a ‘giver’ not a taker.
You did a wonderful job with all of that and if I had not had such a strong foundation I think I would be so depressed right now but because I do pray and I do see the light at the end of the tunnel and I do know that none of this matters in the grand scheme of things-we are all just on earth temporarily anyway so we need to make the best of the “gifts” we do have and spread the love and joy that He put in our hearts. I love you.”
What a gift to a mother. A testimony to the fact that your teachings did make a difference just like my parents teachings had a profound influence on my life. The best way to teach our children is by how we live our own lives. Don’t forget to teach them compassion for others. That is so lacking today yet without it we are literally empty. And don’t forget to say “I love you” often. And mean it.