The words that we speak and the touch we give can communicate so much. Our speech can encourage those we love, as does a kind touch on the shoulder, a warm embrace, or simply holding hands as we walk and talk.
Words of affirmation
Children really enjoy hearing genuine and encouraging words spoken over them. They love to hear specific praise about a project, and will seek you out to show you a new skill they’ve learned. Words are powerful and when spoken with affection and love, words of praise and encouragement tell you child that you care for them. Words of affirmation nurture your child’s soul and inner sense of worth.
Language of touch
Those children that are naturally cuddly can also enjoy all sorts of hugs and kisses and snuggles, wrestling, racing and climbing together. These words and actions regularly happen together as we express our love to each other, in the very ordinary day-to-day as well as the very important moments of life. For children who ‘speak’ this language, physical touch will show that more deeply than “I love you” than anything else. Kisses, hugs and other physical expressions of love will fill their tanks to overflowing.
Showing love through blessing
Blessing one another is an important ritual which requires us to share God’s love using both word and touch. It shows that God comes close to us through his words and by our touch.
Make the sign of the cross on their forehead or back of their hand says and say “You are God’s precious child, may he bless and keep you safe.” Your child might like to bless you too.
May your family be blessed as you share God’s love through your actions and as you speak life-giving words to those around you.
Need some help? Talk Time Cards are a great resource that help you to share time and words of encouragement with your children.
Talk time cards have been created to encourage faith conversations by bringing God into every day life, providing meaningful sharing of memories, activities, events and experiences of faith.