Praise and Encouragement
I recently read an article by Kids Matter about the value of praising our children and how it affects their development early in life. Even though I have a degree in early education that says I know my stuff, I somehow have forgotten about the power of praise with my own children. It wasn't so apparent until recently when we brought home our fourth child (read: final child) through international a doption. Friends, allow me to tell you a little known secret about adopting an older child from a third world country. It is really stinkin' hard. I'm not talking crying over spilled milk hard. I don't mean bad day at work hard. I'm talking about wondering if you made a huge mistake, kicking and screaming, ugly, begging God to make the fits stop hard.