“Some things God gives often: some He gives only once. The seasons return again and again, and the flowers change with the months, but youth comes twice to none.” Childhood comes but once with its opportunities. Whatever is done to stamp it with beauty must be done quickly. ~Rev. J.R. Miller, D.D., in Home-Making
I’m amazed lately at how quickly our days pass. Our little ones grow up so fast!
Our God is gracious and loving, merciful and kind. Yet He only gives us one chance to parent the precious children He’s gifted to us. Whatever we are pouring into their lives today is forming their character, guiding their thinking, and touching their heart.
How can we stamp these lives with beauty? Here are a few ideas to help us.
1. Surround them with positive, quality influences.
We can fill our homes with inspiring books, encouraging music, and attractive artwork. Look for opportunities to introduce them to a variety of people and places. Our children have a natural curiosity that we can cultivate during these early years.
2. Give of yourself.
There’s a remarkable beauty in a person who puts others before themselves. Set an example for your children by serving others. Let them see you helping other moms or senior citizens you know with a willing and generous heart.
3. Live graciously.
Speak softly and kindly. We can teach our children that treating others respectfully means learning to have – and use – good manners. Set a positive and contented tone in your home.
4. Teach them to see the beauty in the lives of others.
Christ loves and died for every person. We can help our children see all people as His beloved creation. Show them how each person is valuable and wants to be treated kindly.
5. Value simplicity.
While there’s a place for the elaborate and extravagant, embrace the simplicity of everyday routines. A trip to the amusement park is fun and exciting – but so is a tea party in the middle of the afternoon. Running through the sprinkler in summer or jumping in a pile of raked leaves in the fall can create special memories.
As moms, we get the gift of influencing our children in their early years of life. Let’s make our homes places of beauty where our children feel safe and loved!