Here's the class description:
"I Love You Rituals are delightful interactions and games adults can play with children from infancy to eight years of age that send the message of unconditional acceptance – just like God’s message to us! These activities are designed to build bonds and strengthen relationships between adults and children – kind of like what God wants to do with us. This class is for nursing moms or anyone who wants to work on building connections with God, each other and young children."
When I first read the class description, I thought, "Nay, that's for moms with infants.", and didn't give much thought about taking that particular class. The first day of registration, all the teachers of the various classes got up and told a little about the class. The two ladies that will be teaching the "I Love You Rituals" class got up and spoke and one of them had me in tears before she finished. She said, "You know some days I wonder, do my children know that I REALLY unconditionally love them? I've shouted orders at them all day. I've given a quick hug when I drop them off at school. I've rushed them. Sometimes I yell at them. My 'I love you.' is quick and insincere. Do they really know that I love them?"
The teacher gave a great example...When you're chopping wood, and you hit different places with the ax at every strike, you don't make much of an impact. But if you hit the same place every time, over and over....you get the result you want. She went on to say, when you do the same thing over and over that says, "I love you", you get a long-lasting and memorable result for your children, husband or with whomever you create this ritual . I'm so excited about this class, because sometimes I feel like I have lots of room for improvement when it comes to being a mother. I didn't come from a very affectionate 'lovey-dovey family, so that's one of the areas that I really have to work on.
I'll keep you updated with all the wonderful things I learn. Do you have any "I Love You" rituals that you do with your family?