14 Ways to {Create} a Joyful Family

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14 Ways to {Create} a Joyful Family

I didn’t realize what a miracle it is having joyful children until we adopted two little children who didn’t know what joy was. When Casey (two) and Bella (five) came to live with us, they’d been in foster care for more than two years. They’d been moved from home to home. Some of their experiences were positive. Others were not. The first few months we saw a lot of tears, a lot of tantrums, and very erratic behavior.

Thankfully through wonderful therapy, a lot of prayer, and a joyful family they, too, found joy. I asked some of my friends for tips on creating a joyful family, and I added a few of my own. Here are fourteen ways to teach your child joy.

  1. Model joy. Emphasize service to others as joy-building activities. —Gina
  2. Show him or her how much he or she is loved. Every day. —Karen B
  3. Be a joyful parent. —Beki
  4. Treat those around you the way you want your child to be treated and how you want your child to treat others. —Kristil
  5. The key to joy is contentment. Teach your child to be grateful and content, and joy will come as an extension of that. Now the fruit of the spirit is love, joy. —Dayna
  6. Model how to trust God and rejoice… in all circumstances. And make every day FUN! —Karen P
  7. Be joyful in the really ugly moments of life yourself so you can come out victorious and give God the glory. —Traci
  8. Find wonder in the everyday world around you and teach them about God. Being happy may be fleeting, but the joy of the Lord is our strength. —Jenny
  9. Celebrate their uniqueness. —Lisa
  10. Love them and love your spouse. —Ronica

Read the rest of this post for more tips on The Better Mom!

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  1. Love this list! I don’t have kids, but it made me think about how grateful I am that the home I grew up in provided me with a joyful childhood and embraced most of these points.

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