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Answers to questions parents ask

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMShanna Monteith
The cover of a book written by Dr Barry Davidson and Faith Linton.

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." Psalm 127:3

The Scriptures tell us that children are blessings. Most parents are at their happiest when the new addition to the family arrives.

Friends and families from far and near visit the new parents to welcome the babies to the world. But do parents know how to bless their children?

When God made Adam and Eve, the first thing He did was to bless them. So, too, should parents bless their children.

According a book titled Answers to Questions Parents Ask, every child born into this world shares in the identity and destiny which God pronounced concerning the first humans, and that each child is unique as to life purpose.

PARENTALGUIDE

The book is a parental guide written by Dr Barry Davidson, who is the founding director and CEO of Family Life Ministries (FLM) here in Jamaica, and Dr Faith Linton, a Bible teacher who serves on the Board of the Bible Society of the West Indies and also a founding member of FLM.

Answers to Questions Parents Ask outlines that there are various elements to consider when blessing your children.

A meaningful touch is one of these elements.

"Through touch, we communicate love and acceptance. It is no wonder that this physical act forms part of family blessing. [Another element to consider is] the spoken message which lies at the heart of the family blessing. The right word said at the right time can make a lasting impact on a person's life," the book outlined.

Other elements include attaching high value, picturing a special feature and maintaining an active commitment.

According to the parental guide: "When, as parents, we bless our children, our aim and desire should be to recognise and shape the unique identity and life purpose of each child. We, therefore, commit ourselves to doing our part in developing the child's unique potential."

ACCEPTANCEANDPRAISE

Children crave for the acceptance and praise of their parents. Ever notice how a baby looks up expectantly at you after he or she does something they believe is pleasing? They long for their parents to reinforce their value.

When you bless your children, then they are made aware of their worth and the love that you have for them.

Answers to Questions Parents Ask noted that though parents aren't the only ones who can give a child a blessing, they are ideally suited to do so.

"This is so because of the special bond between parents and child, and parents usually know and understand their children very well, particularly those parents who make the effort to study each child and who take time to listen to each child. Their blessings are therefore better informed and more specific. Also, the child needs parents who recognise his unique personality and potential, and who accept and affirm him. Parents communicate all this when they bless their child," the book illustrated.

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