We’ve been talking about a lot of heavy issues on Parent Minute lately. Today, I want to focus on joy. It’s mostly for new parents. I received a note from Jenelle suggesting that I talk about how to establish a home focusing on hope, joy, and gratitude. If you have this as part of your family’s DNA from day one, your home WILL be that home that every kid wants to be at. Here’s how to do it. From day one, model this as a couple. Then, for your newborn. Thank God verbally out loud for EVERYTHING—the smiles, tears, poopy diapers, temper tantrums. Point out moments when you recognize God providing—then thank Him out loud. Make learning about hope, joy, and gratitude fun, and, remember, DON’T leave out Scripture.

Suggested Reading: Romans 12:12; 15:13,, James 1:2