Children, your words matter.
As confident and in control as parents seem, they need your confirmation that they’re doing a good job at being parents. They may have an, “I’ve-got-this,” attitude and an, “I-can-take-on-the-world,” demeanor, still, a hint of doubt lingers behind that façade, and they sometimes think they’re failing.
Parents work hard, sometimes two jobs, to put a roof over your head, food on the table, and clothes on your back—all while having to find quality time for you and their spouse. So, just as how you appreciate their encouragement and words of affirmation, they’re looking forward to and will appreciate, the same from you. Give them a thumbs-up! (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
A dad raising twins, a boy and girl, felt bad for giving one child more attention than the other. You see, his son has autism, which means he spends all his time getting him ready in the mornings. As a result, he thought his daughter felt horrible about this fact. So, he sent her a text message one morning, explaining how sorry he was for not being able to spend more quality time with her. She replied that it was okay, and she knew he spent time with her in his heart. Her reply fueled his passion to be the best father he can be.
The beverage company, Minute Maid, decided to do an advertisement geared at discovering how children think their parents are doing. They had children write letters to their parents telling them how they are doing. The letters these parents received from their children left them in tears. They got the confirmation they needed, and it warmed their hearts. Parents really do need to hear that they’re making a difference in your life.
As the Minute Maid ad states, “It only takes a minute to tell parents they’re doing good.”
You can write a letter, too. Taking the time out to put words on paper and putting it in an envelope will prove their importance and your efforts. However, if letter writing is not your thing, it’s no excuse to not express yourself. Send your parents a lengthy text or an email. You can even make a post on their Twitter or Facebook page. Verbal communication is another great option. Whichever way you choose, get it out.
“Honor your father and your mother…, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Ephesians 6:2-3).
How will you tell your parents today, that their efforts matter and are appreciated? They need to know. The ball is in your court.