Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these. (Matthew 19:14)
I want to share something that happened in my home recently.
My husband came downstairs from studying and says, “Well, I didn’t get much reading done just now. Keira (our daughter) and I have been having a great conversation for the last 45 minutes.”
You see, he has been studying and reading non-stop, preparing for a final exam. He could have easily told Keira he needed to study more and didn’t have time to talk. But he didn’t.
He chose her.
He chose to show her that her thoughts and words matter — that he cares about her.
He chose to invest in their relationship — to spend 45 minutes talking (and listening) with her.
Knowing my daughter, I have no doubt they had a pretty deep conversation — most likely about theology and life. It was a conversation that wouldn’t have occurred, an opportunity that would’ve been missed, if he wasn’t the amazing man and daddy that he is.
He chose her.
Investing in your relationship with your children is invaluable. It sets the foundation for your future relationship. Taking time to listen now shows them that what they have to think and say is important to you. It assures them that when they need you, you will listen, and will actually hear them.
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
It’s all about setting a firm foundation for a lifelong relationship with your children. So that when they reach their teens (and beyond) they will be comfortable speaking with you. Why? Because, well, that’s just how it’s always been for them.
What they say matters. No matter their age.
Invest in them. Hear them.
Choose your children every day.
Edited from Christina Courie, Families! Change the World blog