Today’s Scripture: Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 18:10

Just as it is important to discipline your kids, it is also important to praise your kids. We must properly balance the side of parenting that disciplines with the loving side of parenting – the relationship‑building side. You can’t have one without the other.

I truly believe that the times of praise should vastly outweigh the number of times of discipline. Praising our kids is critical to raising them properly. That being said, you should not praise your kids by saying something that isn’t true.

For example, if your son plays hard in a basketball game, don’t say, “You were so good! You’re going to play in the NBA someday!” That is probably not true, but you should certainly praise him for playing his best and try to mention a particular play in which he performed well.

Every child is looking for you to recognize their value and worth. They’ll say, “Daddy watch,” or “Mommy watch,” a thousand times until you look up and watch whatever they’re about to do. Because they have this need to be recognized, we must do our best to praise them at every given opportunity. This is one of the ways that we can show our children we love them.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.