EPHESIANS 4:29—Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
It is interesting that the word “affirmation” sometimes is looked at as a negative thing. Many individuals feel that affirmation needs to come from an internal place as opposed to an external person.
We are so focused on being politically correct that we are not Biblically correct. God’s Word tells us to edify one another. God’s Word instructs us to build one another up. In the building up of one another, the most precious little people that God has given to us to build up are our children. It is imperative that we see the error of not affirming our children.
I have been able to understand this concept just watching my own five children flourish in different areas of their self-esteem. My children truly believe that they can accomplish anything. It is not solely based on an academic aptitude or sports ability or some type of external ability that they think that they may have. It is based on God giving us, as parents, the ability to affirm them and to reach and touch a part of them that longs for edification.
Today, make a list of all of things that WOW you about your child and share it with them. You will be amazed at what this free gift of affirmation will do for your child.