- Tell your children you love them, you're proud and pleased with them, and that you pray for them.
- During the holidays, spend some time alone with each of your children -- walking and talking about their lives, their interests, their plans. Seek to understand them and affirm them instead of making any value judgments.
- During the next few weeks, make it a priority to find ways to laugh with your children. Here's a joke you can use: What do you give the man who has everything? Antibiotics.
- Consider giving each of your children a "gift of time" -- a coupon or solid commitment to do something together that he or she enjoys. Make plans to follow through on it soon.
- To reinforce the importance of "gifts you can't buy," limit your kids' media time each day, or even try a media-free weekend this month. Replace it with fun family activities.
- Read Luke 2:17-18 with your children, and talk about specific ways your family can imitate the way the shepherds responded after hearing the news of Jesus' birth.