Teaching Kids to Encourage Others

Everyone needs encouragement.  Sometimes it’s the little words of encouragement that get you through a rough day.  Sometimes it’s those little words of encouragement that can change the direction of a life.

This morning on the way to school, I had a chance to ask my 1st grader how she could encourage someone today.  The conversation turned into a discussion of what it means to be someone who encourages others.  She replied with examples of the things she might say to someone… “Your hair looks really pretty today”, “I really like that dress, it looks nice”, “You did a great job on that picture”, etc.  As we arrived at school, she headed off to the door and I watched her having a discussion with one of her classmates.  I was too far away to know what was said, but I could tell by the fact that they were both looking at the girl’s dress that my daughter had complimented her on how she looked.  The smile on the little girl’s face made my day.  We’ll never know, but just maybe it made her day too.

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin – Hebrews 3:13

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