Teaching kids about love is one of the most important things we can do as parents.
We live in a society that is changing what love means – love does not mean conformity, love does not mean not standing for what is right. Yet, we can teach our kids to love others by teaching them three basic principles that they can use no matter who they are dealing with.
In order to teach our kids how to love- we need to teach them what love is.
What is love?
Love is not just an emotion that you fall into- love is a choice. We choose to love. Yes, it comes more natural with some- but love is still a choice. Even when it is hard, even when it doesn’t look like we think it should- love is something that you choose. A great way to teach them about love is to use the passage 1 Corinthians 13. In this passage, we see love as actions- and we know that those actions are something we actually have to think about.
How can we show love?
The next thing we can do is teach our kids to serve. One of the greatest ways we show people we love them is by serving them. Help your children start by serving those with whom they live.
Chores are a great place to begin teaching a servants heart. Once you have taught them to serve the people in their own home- start taking that servants heart outside the doors of your home into your community. Simple ways to do this is to make thank you cards for community helpers, clean up trash in your neighborhood or take cookies to new mommies or elderly.
Be an example of love.
The last thing you can do to show your kids is to be a great example. Make sure you are choosing words and actions that show love to your kids – and to your husband. They learn so much about love through the relationship that you and your spouse have. Let them see you living out 1 Corinthians 13. Make sure they see you serving your home and your community.
Our kids need to see love in action – and see us choosing to love the right way. Let’s put real love on display in their lives.