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  This morning I was so delighted to come across a blog called “You Are My Wild.” It is a ‘weekly portrait project that brings together 14 photographers to document how they see their children.’ Their work captures and celebrates … Continue reading

walking in the truth

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Prayer for Our Children

I’m sharing this beautiful prayer by Marianne Williamson with the hope that it might resonate in the heart of every parent who reads it…

Dear God,

There are no words for the depth of my love for this child.
I pray for her care and her protection.
I surrender her into Your hands.
Please, dear God, send Your angels to bless and surround her always.
May she be protected from the darkness of our times.
May she always see You at the center of her life.
May her heart grow strong,
To love You and serve You.
I surrender, dear God, my parenthood to You.
Make me the parent You want me to be.
Show me how to love most patiently, to be there for her most fully,
To understand profoundly who she is and what she needs.
May this family be a blessing unto her now and forever.
May she learn here values and principles of love and righteousness.
May she learn from me kindness.
May she learn from me strength.
May she learn from me lessons of power:
That she has it and
Must surrender it to You, to be used for Your purposes throughout her life
For thus You shall be gladdened,
And thus shall she be free,
To live most fully and love most deeply.
That is my wish.
That is my prayer for her and for me forever.

Amen.

– Williamson, Marianne
Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

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Affirmation #9

Open your child’s eyes to all of the beauty that surrounds them.

We all have the ability to see beauty everywhere, we just have to be present in the moment, open our hearts, and look at things with a positive perspective. Life is full of obvious beauty — a kind gesture, a child’s laughter, a lovely sunset… but if you also teach your children to search for beauty in hard to find places, like the everyday ordinary things, or the goodness that can come out of bad, or the things we take for granted like breathing and being alive in this moment, it can help them develop an attitude of optimism that can forever change the way they live and think.

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Life is Sweet

Start something that matters.
The inspiration behind Inspiring Kids

Inspiring Kids is something very dear to my heart. This ‘space’ is all about love. I’m not calling it a blog because I think it is so much more. For me, it is hope. It is celebration. It is growth. It is gratitude. It comes from a place deep in my heart. A place of immense love for children. The inspiration for this ‘space’ comes from a book I’m writing and illustrating, entitled Life is Sweet. For such a long time I’ve felt compelled to do something that really matters. Something that might make a difference in a child’s life. I’ve realized that as I’ve started to watch our children grow that what I wish for them runs so much deeper than I originally thought. I’ve realized that there is so much that I want to inspire in them – love, grace, gratitude, confidence, curiosity, mindfulness, spirit, meaning… What I really want to do is speak to their hearts. And not just their hearts, but the hearts of the parents that read this book with them. I so much hope for this book to inspire — for this book to put more love and mindfulness into children’s lives. Life is Sweet is still in process but I wanted to share my progress with you. Creating a book is quite a journey – I hope you will follow with me in it’s creation.

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the things kids say…

I am fascinated by some of the things my children say — their imaginations never cease to amaze me. So much so that I’ve even started writing things down daily, just so I don’t forget. Time moves so fast – even if you think you’ll never ever forget …well, I usually do – and I am so sorry that I did. Now I just take a moment and write them down. The kids even love going back through and hearing the things they’ve said just as much as I do!

This is something my four year old said the other day that was much too sweet not to share! If you have any memorable words from your children, PLEASE SHARE them in the comments below – I would love to hear them!

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Why don’t you?

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you are ‘wonderfully made’…

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Affirmation #8

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You are a child of God.

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Gratitude in Children

Teaching children to be thankful inspires gratitude and caring and helps to build a foundation of love and appreciation that can last a lifetime. It helps them to recognize all the good things that make up their lives and see how they can be grateful for even the little things or things they sometimes take for granted. By learning to be thankful, it will help them to be more sensitive to others feelings and develop empathy and other life long skills. It also helps to develop a greater sense of optimism and happiness. Although expressing real gratitude requires thought and energy, it is something that can be recognized and learned. In our family, for example, we often take turns saying what we are grateful for around the dinner table or during bedtime prayers. It’s wonderful to watch your children really think about the good things in their life, and sometimes, depending on the ages of your children, the answers can be pretty funny!

Other ways you can help to model thankfulness in your children are:
. Model an attitude of gratitude – let your child see you showing gratitude throughout your day.
. Help them create a gratitude journal by keeping a daily account of things they are thankful for.
. Show your children the art of giving by helping a neighbor or a charity that’s dear to you. Our children love to help bake treats for our neighbors or make homemade gifts for grandparents.
. Have them participate in simple chores – this helps them to realize that all things take effort and appreciate the things that are done for them.
. Show your children the joy in giving – show them how much happiness it brings the giver and the receiver.
. Encourage generosity by donating to those less fortunate (this has inspired many thoughtful conversations with my children).
. Have them write thank you notes (if they aren’t yet able to write, they can draw something and you can sign it, or they can dictate the words to you. Just the process of this inspires gratefulness in them.)
. Help them recognize the little things that make life beautiful – the warm sunshine, friends, sunsets, kindness, caring words, each and every day
Any or all of these ideas can help to inspire your children to think about all the wonderful things in their life they can appreciate and how fortunate they are.
What are some of the ways you inspire gratitude in your children?
I would love to hear back from you. Your responses will help to inspire gratefulness in others!

You are their greatest influence.

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Affirmation #7

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