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Showing Love to Your Children: Acts of Service

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If you’re a homeschooling parent, you’re already showing your child love through many, many acts of service every day. Homeschooling is an act of service in and of itself, particularly if you’re taking the time to teach each lesson to them and work through them whenever they have problems. On the other hand, those acts have become commonplace, everyday—and your child may or may not recognize them as the service that they are. If you have chosen to homeschool for reasons of convenience or because you don’t want your child exposed to the outside world, it’s entirely possible that they see homeschooling as something for you, not necessarily something that you do for them.

This Valentine’s Day, take the time to do something special for your child—something that will speak to them. If their love language is acts of service, this will require a little bit of effort on your part—and that’s effort above and beyond what you expend on a daily basis. Think of something that you can do for your child. What would speak love to them?

This might be chore-related: helping to clean their room, or making their bed; doing a chore that is normally asked of them yourself (setting the table, or loading the dishwasher); or letting them know that they won’t be expected to do a chore for the day. On the other hand, it might be more involved: helping your child with a project, or doing something for them that they would ordinarily be expected to do yourself.

Choose something that your service-loving child will appreciate. What is something that they absolutely hate to do, or something that they would love to have done for them? Is there a project that you could do with them that they would love? A gift that they have been asking for that takes a great deal of time or effort on your part? What about taking the time to bake a batch of cookies, or offering a special treat for dinner? Look for something that will really speak love to your child—because after all, that’s the goal.

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