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One of the unlovely things we hear in the grocery store is a frustrated mum saying “I don’t want to have to tell you again… stop it!”  I’m sure we’ve all been there – though it is much easier to see the ‘unloveliness’ of this when it comes out of someone else’s mouth!

Have you ever heard a parent say, “I don’t want to have to tell you again…. I love you!”  Of course not!  We do have to tell our kids again and again, that we love them.

We love them just because.  Not because they made a good choice, not because they got a good grade, not because they did well.  Just because.

When we do things over and over, again and again, we etch a pathway in our brain and that repeated activity becomes automatic – that is the process of creating a habit.  We need to be in the habit of telling our kids we love them – again and again and again.

Our kids need to be in the habit of hearing it.  It needs to be so etched in their mind, they hear it all the time – even when we may not be physically present with them.

And I wonder what would happen if we paused in our grocery shopping and gave our kid a hug and told them that we loved them, took them by the hand and spent some time together – I wonder if they would actually stop it!

 

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