Parenting kids in the Smartphone Generation is not for the faint of heart. As tweens enter adolescence and are exposed to social media, texting, and new scrutiny from their friends and peers, the emotional roller coaster can feel overwhelming. Helping our children understand their identity in Christ is key to helping them thrive in this formative stage of life.

As I prepared each of my three daughters for their tween years, speaking words of affirmation to them was an important way to build up a healthy and secure sense of self.

Words can build up or destroy lives, so be intentional each day to create a strong foundation for your children so they understand their identity in Jesus. I would daily ask my girls: “Who are you?” They smile and say, “I am a daughter of the King.” Speak life-giving words of affirmation to remind your kids who God says they are. “You are chosen. You are loved. You are forgiven. You are not alone. You are seen. You are beautiful. You are strong. You are courageous.”

Daily reminders of who God says we are creates a secure foundation for our kids. Knowing who and whose they are in Christ gives them the ability to face any storm that life may throw at them. Speaking life into children builds confidence to know they are made for a purpose.

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