Thursday, September 27, 2007

Some encouragements from Zondervan

If we children would listen to our Father and begin to really grasp his love for us, then our insecurity levels would go way down. Our confidence in Christ would go way up. Our hunger for approval and acceptance would be satisfied. And our behavior would begin to reflect what our minds now know to be true. Define yourself as a person who is radically loved by God. This is your true self. Any other identity is an illusion.

An exerpt taken from Identity theft: Reclaiming who God created you to be.
by Mike Breaux

You already know that an affirmation is a positive statement, as in "You did a great job, and I'm proud of you." Affirmation occurs whenever you make your child feel noticed, valued, and special. But the word affirm actually goes deeper than that. If you study its origin, you'll find its roots are in the Latin affirmare, from ad + firmare, meaning "to make firm." So when you affirm a child, you are, in a very real sense, equipping him with a firm foundation of self-respect and self-esteem. Affirmations, in other words, provide a solid platform to stand on. They give a child emotional security.

an excerpt from The parent you want to be: who you are matters more than what you do. by Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot

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