As parents of LDS youth, one of the most important things we can do is recognize and appreciate the good in our kids.
It’s way too easy to spend most of our time telling them what to do or where they fall short. But who likes to be treated that way?
Why not give loving attention to them and let them know we appreciate the things they are doing right? Do you think it might make a difference?
Let's try the experiment for a week. We can do things like:
- Focus on the good in our youth. Give attention and energy to the things we like and appreciate, large or small. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
- Pray and ask Heavenly Father to help us see more of the good that He sees. Ask for help in understanding our youth and their divine potential. Write down any inspired thoughts and review them regularly.
- Express love and gratitude often.
- Record the things we love and admire about our youth with a camera, journal, videos, thoughtful notes - any way that captures and preserves the good.
- Post reminders to help us stay on track. A heart on the fridge, a happy face on the bathroom mirror, or a post-it in a planner could do the job.
- Try to go the whole week without saying anything negative. If important counsel needs to be given, always try to express it with love.