ABC: Affection Boost Care

 

Is it possible to show your child too much affection? Nope!

ABC: Affection Boost Care

By Nitza Salazar, Washington Conference Children’s Ministries director

If you are a parent with children still in your home, your “new normal” during quarantine life likely made you an expert at creating routine and responsibility charts for your children.

 

Our young children know at this point what needs to be done: brushing their teeth, eat, pick up their toys, do homework, have devotional, do some chores, etc.

The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order throughout the spring gave families extra time to spend at home with our children. It’s been a beneficial, but also challenging time, trying to work from home, joining Zoom meetings, keeping up with classes and homework, and providing food on the table several times a day.

Sometimes the chores and responsibilities are busier than things that really matter. So here’s my question for you, my fellow parents: Have you created a chart for yourself based on the expression of love towards your children?

Things are going back to “normal” little by little, but you still have time to let your children know how happy you are in having them at home and expressing it on their different ways of learning styles so they can understand it.

Parents’ affection shapes a child happiness for life. In 2015, a study out of the University of Notre Dame showed that children who receive affection from their parents were happier as adults. More than 600 adults were surveyed about how they were raised including how much physical affection they had. (Here's more reading on the subject)

Deborah MacNamara in a Motherly article shares: “The adults who reported receiving more affection in childhood displayed less depression and anxiety and were more compassionate overall. Those who reported less affection struggled with mental health, tended to be more upset in social situations, and were less able to relate to other people's perspectives.” (You may want to read this article, too)

The good news is that you can’t love your children too much! Affection and secure attachment help our children thrive.

 

So parents, here’s a special chart for us: a Parent Activity Chart. It might be hard at the beginning, but I promise you it gets better with time and the results are so worthy.

During this week of prayer, I encourage you to take this challenge and share your experiences with us!

Parent Activity Chart

Activity

S

M

T

W

T

F

S

Hug my kid for no reason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Took a calming breath before talking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Play a board game with my kids and had fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showed grace to my kids when they got upset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did something silly to make my kid laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did something for me, because when I’m not calm neither is my kid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Had personal devotional everyday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayed with your child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Told your child how much I love him or her

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During our Week of Prayer your Washington Children’s Ministries department has created a program that your kids will enjoy. It’s full of world history, science and Bible knowledge. Please tune in on YouTube with your children at any time of the day. New episodes are released daily at 7 am.

Join the Washington Conference Children's Ministry Facebook Group!

 

We share Sabbath School links, activity ideas, webinars, prizes and more!

 

Join Now!