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Intentional Moment:

Celebrate Little Victories

Be intentional in celebrating little accomplishments. Remember that what might look like a small hill to you could be a mountain to your young child.

Celebrate Little Victories

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What an adult might see as minor tasks or small achievements could seem like huge intimidating items to a child. Let your child know that you see their accomplishments, no matter how small, and you are proud of them for overcoming and conquering!

Similar to when you would like to improve on something in your life, it is about doing the little things well. These little things will build up over time and develop into something significant. James Clear talks about this in his book Atomic Habits: "Breakthrough moments are often the result of many previous actions, which build up the potential required to unleash a major change" (p.20). The same can be said for parenting and building your child up through their years. It's the little things: High-fives, consistent encouragement, hugs, or as simple as getting excited for them after a small task.

Build their confidence, celebrate the little victories.

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Create a chain out of scraps of paper, write notes, thoughts, what you are thankful for, personal encouragement, what you love about your children, what you want to improve on as a father. Each day, make it part of your routine, sit down with your child, tear off the next chain in the link, and talk about what is written!



Weekly and/or more by choice, actively ask your children to state positive things about themselves and areas they feel they can get better at. Allowing build of confidence in their positive attributes. It can also circle back to daily-weekly lessons learned from events that occurred.



Praying together does not have to be only before bedtime or a meal, nor does it have to be long and drawn out. It can be at any moment, as simple as "Thank you, Lord, for this day."



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