I’m learning that how I connect with my children changes from year to year. I used to always be able to connect with John Henry by simply snuggling with him on the sofa in front of a movie.
Snuggling just isn’t cool. Not always.
When I read John Eldredge’s Wild At Heart almost seven years ago, I knew this day would come. I knew one day, I would have to modify the way I nurture my son. Because, he is a future warrior. And, I want him to be comfortable being the man God created him to be. So, I’ve had to find new ways to connect with him.
Here is one.
Nothing says love like a fight with super soakers.
Especially for a six-year old boy.
I’m pretty sure I won this round. And, he can’t wait for a re-match.
It’s my prayer that if I engage in things with him that he loves….in activities that make him feel good about being a young man, he will be comfortable sharing his heart.
And, I want his heart more than I want his obedience. Because, when I capture his heart, obedience simply follows.
I am not a perfect mother to my son. I fail often. I think I probably fail far too often. But, I don’t want to. I want to take the time to put down my insignificant distractions and get soaked outside with my beautiful, blue-eyed boy. God has entrusted me with John Henry. And, I love him so, so very much.
What is one way you connect with your kids?