Calling all parents: your kids want to know that they matter to you. And the best way to do that? By telling them! So here are 5 things to tell your kids this week:
- “I love being your Dad/Mom.”
- “It’s always so fun to spend time with you!”
- “I will always be here for you.”
- “You mean the world to me!”
- “I love you.”
What are some other things you can say to make your kids feel special? Leave your suggestions in a comment below.
Posted on: November 23, 2015
It’s easy to underestimate the power of words. But we believe that words have the power to encourage, strengthen, and uplift others. So let’s get started by understanding 3 ways words can be powerful:
- Words can Encourage: Be sure to use your words as a source encouragement for the people around you. Be aware and involved in their lives so that you’re able to give specific encouragement. Perhaps that means encouraging them to pursue their dreams, encouraging them to share the gospel with a friend, or encouraging them to seek counseling.
- Words can Strengthen: Words have the power to strengthen or weaken the people you speak with. So be careful that your words are compassionate and true, rather than insensitive or negative.
- Words can Lift: And finally, remember to use the power of words to your advantage–by lifting up the people in your life. Write a quick note to your spouse sharing how much they mean to you. Tell your son how proud he made you at his football game. Or email your boss a quick note of appreciation.
What are some other ways you can use your words in a positive way? Comment below with your ideas.
Posted on: November 23, 2015
Mentor leaders are different than other leaders. Why? Because they walk alongside the people they lead…every step of the way.
So check out how to best walk alongside the people you lead:
- Encourage them. Always be ready and willing to encourage the people you lead. That means offering kind words as often as you can–complimenting their character, their actions, and their successes.
- Support them. Next, it’s of the utmost important to support the people you lead. Support their choices and decisions, knowing that they have learned from your leadership. Your support will mean more to them than anything else.
- Challenge them. And finally, never stop challenging the people you lead. Constantly challenge them to go the extra mile or pursue what they think is impossible. Because that is when the best work and the biggest dreams are accomplished.
Who are the people you are leading in your day to day life? Share your thoughts below.
Posted on: November 17, 2015
Maintaining humility is crucial. When opportunities and situations arise, we must remain humble from the beginning to the end. Not sure how? Well, let’s consider this simple acronym for what it means to have humility with the word “H.U.M.B.L.E.”
Have an “others first” attitude.
Understand that we are ALL uniquely gifted.
Modestly accept recognition.
Be respectful of your peer’s feelings.
Let go of pride.
Expect no praise, but be gracious when rewarded.
What are some other ways to practice humility? Share your thoughts in a comment below.
Posted on: November 16, 2015
It’s all too easy to miss the special moments in life. Why? Because we busy ourselves with worries over the future. We’re so caught up in controlling and planning the future, that we miss out on the moments that are right in front of us.
So today, let’s discuss 3 ways to enjoy the journey of life:
- Remember to Laugh. An easy way to enjoy life is to laugh loudly and laugh often. This gives us a chance to appreciate the joy of living a full life.
- Remember to Be Thankful. One of the most important parts of enjoying life is being thankful. Maybe this means listing out what you’re grateful for or maybe this means saying a prayer of thanks. However you choose to do it, find a way to be thankful every day.
- Remember to Enjoy Your Family. And finally, enjoying life means enjoying life’s most precious gift: your family. So stop rushing through your days and take time to love your kids well before they grow up.
What’s holding you back from enjoying the journey of life? Comment below with your thoughts.
Posted on: November 12, 2015
Here at the Dungy Family Foundation, we believe church has the power to encourage, engage, and strengthen your marriage. How? Check out the 3 ways attending church together can empower your relationship with your spouse:
- Church sets God at the center of your marriage. First and foremost, the best part of attending church with your spouse is how God becomes the foundation of your relationship. With weekly encouragement to continually pursue Christ, you and your spouse are better equipped to lean on the Lord no matter how difficult life becomes.
- Church ensures you and your spouse are on the same page. Next, church is a great way to align your priorities, decisions, and convictions with your spouse. By establishing similar mindsets, arguments and uncertainties will be more easily navigated.
- Church creates community for your family. And finally, church is an incredible source of community. Not only will small groups provide accountability and guidance for your marriage, but it will also give your kids the opportunity to grow in their faith. Then together, you and your spouse can better train up your children with strong morals and a love of the Lord.
What are some of the other benefits of church? Comment below with your thoughts!
Posted on: November 10, 2015
Your role as a parent is far more impactful than you will ever realize. Every day, you have the power to inspire, challenge, and most importantly, ENCOURAGE your kids.
So let’s consider the top 3 ways to encourage your kids:
- Encourage Your Kids with Your Words: Words of encouragement are the surest way to love your kids well. So look for big and small ways to encourage your kids with your words. Maybe it’s complimenting their character or their accomplishments or their attitude. Whatever it is, be sure to verbally recognize them.
- Encourage Your Kids in Their Weakness: Next, be sure to encourage your kids with good timing. The best time to encourage them? When they’re feeling down or weak. This might mean encouraging them after losing a game, receiving a bad grade, or not getting the part in the school play. But remember: being aware and involved in your child’s daily life is the best way to ensure timely encouragement.
- Encourage Your Kids with Consistency: Last but not least, the most important part of encouraging your child is being consistent. Daily reminders that they are loved and valued will give your children the confidence they need to succeed in life.
What are some other ways to encourage your kids? We’d love to hear your suggestions below.
Posted on: November 02, 2015
It’s all too easy to lose sight of the sacredness of marriage. We get so caught up in our daily routine that we forget how special our spouse truly is. So today, let’s take a trip down memory lane! Because by answering the following questions with your spouse, the two of you will have the chance to fall in love all over again.
- When did you first lay eyes on your spouse?
- Where did you and your spouse go for your first date?
- What did you like most about dating your spouse?
- When did you know you were in love with your spouse?
- How did you and your spouse get engaged?
- What did you feel on your wedding day?
- What vows did you and your spouse make at your wedding?
- Where did you and your spouse go on your Honeymoon?
- What do you love most about your marriage?
- Why would you never give up on your marriage?
What are some other great memories you’ve made with your spouse? Comment below with your story!
Posted on: November 02, 2015
It’s a thin line between pride and confidence. All too easily, our healthy confidence develops into unhealthy pride. Not sure where your fall on the scale of confident to prideful? Just check out the list of phrases below to figure it out.
“No one makes burgers the way I do. They’re the best you’ll ever taste!”
“You can’t change your car oil? I’ve been changing oil since I was a teenager. It’s a breeze!”
“My son will win this game–no doubt about it. He’s the most talented quarterback in the state.”
“Here, try some of my burgers! I spent all evening doing my best to grill them well.”
“I have experience changing car oil, so I’d love to help you out with yours.”
“My son is an incredibly hard-worker. I can’t wait to see him play his best in this game–win or lose.”
How would you define pride or confidence? Comment below with your answer!
Posted on: October 28, 2015
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There’s something special about the relationship you share with your spouse. Why? Well today let’s explore the different roles your spouse plays, and how that matures and deepens your relationship with time.
- Your Spouse is Your Love: First and foremost, your spouse is your love. They’re the one who loves and cares for you, no matter what. They’re the one who holds your hand, kisses you when you get home from work, and snuggles up to you at night.
- Your Spouse is Your Friend: One of the best parts of marriage is that you have a best friend! Your spouse gets to cheer you on, watch movies with you, explore the world with you, play games with you, and enjoy all life has to offer with you.
- Your Spouse is Your Hero: Finally, your spouse is your hero. They’re the one you look up to and seek advice from. They challenge you and encourage you and set an example for you.
What are some other roles your spouse plays in your life? We’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment.
Posted on: October 28, 2015