Emotions run high in our home daily. A type A mama, 4 little boys, and a long list of to-do’s can be the best of times and the worst of times. My boys are 7, 5, 3 and 1. They fight. They love each other and we work daily towards good attitudes, sharing, and being Christ-like. However, even on the best days, there are issues.
I am constantly trying to come up with ways to make sure my boys know how powerful their words and actions are. I always start my school year off with my ‘Don’t Put a Nail in My Board‘ activity to show how deep wounds can go.
However, my boys have had cabin fever the past few weeks with the low temps here in Texas and bad tempers aren’t hard to find. If anything makes a homeschooling mom tired, it’s quarreling children. It can really make your days long.
Not only that, but I always try to put the lessons of God’s grace, love, and patience first. Not even the fanciest curriculum can teach these things. So, with Valentine’s day approaching, I thought of this ‘I feel love when..’ activity that we can do as a family and display as a reminder.
We simple cut a large heart out of construction paper, added each person’s name (including Mommy and Daddy) followed by ‘feels love when…’. Then, I had each child think of 3 things that make them feel loved by others. I let my younger boys dictate their thoughts to me. I know you could add LOTS of steamers off your heart, but for my little ones, three did the trick.
What was the #1 thing that made my boys feel love? “When mommy doesn’t yell.” Ouch. That hurt. However, what a great talk to have over our homeschooling time together.
What did one of my streamers say? “When my sons obey the first time every time” and “when my boys get along and love each other’. They really took to heart the fact that I felt they loved and respected me when they did the right thing. I explained it wasn’t because I wanted to be a mean mommy, but because I want to make sure they are the best they can be.
I hope you’ll make time to sit down and talk with your kids this Valentine’s Day about what makes them and you feel loved. Even if you don’t do the craft, it’s the talk that counts!
I’m curious, what are some ways you teach your children about loving one another and good character? Share your ideas by commenting below so others can use your ideas!
Happy Valentine’s Day!