At a parenting seminar, when asked a number of parents could not recall a pet name or expression of love they had ever used for their children. No nicknames, no cute expressions.
A small child living with a severely mentally ill mother and an overwhelmed father was asked who he loved. He said “grandma”. When asked why he said “Because she talks nice to me”.
The way parents talk to their children should be seasoned with grace and love.
King Akhenaten of Egypt broke with palace protocol and spent loving time with his children and wife, Queen Victoria known for austerity was actually a loving mother who often drew intimate sketches of her children throughout their childhoods. Whatever their failings may have been, not loving their children was not one of them.
9 Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
The Lord, creator of the universe shows His love for us every day. We revel in His forgiveness, he sends the sunset, the sunrise, birds to sing through our day, weather to enchant us, family to love us, food to nourish us, challenges to test us, friendship to inspire us, and His Word to guide us. He KNOWs how to love us, and does it amazingly.
He is our example. Parents you have the ability to express your love for your children. Most do it splendidly but for the shy ones, for those who find it difficult to put devotion into words please feel free to borrow from the list here. This list was found on a cookie jar made by Pleasant Valley Home spun Primitives.