Part of preparing your child for the teenage years is providing for them physical affection. It’s incredible what a meaningful and appropriate touch; hug, kiss or even a “high five” will do to the heart of a child. A parent’s touch provides for a child a sense of meaningfulness and security.

Jesus knew the importance of communicating love and personal acceptance through physical touch. In Mark 10:13-16, Jesus blessed and held the children brought to him. In Mark 1:40-42, Jesus filled with compassion reached out his hand and touched the Leper even before he said anything to the leper.

Every day our children must be reminded of our love. We should do that with each child verbally, through physical affection, a listening ear, focused attention and praying daily with them.

Never stop telling your children, “I love you!”, but impress on their heart that this statement is true by providing them with lots of physical affection and positive attention.