Honestly, it's easier for me to critique my children than to show them encouragement. It's easier for me to question one B on a report card than to praise the six A's. It is at times easier for me to look at the one mistake than the numerous successes. The admonition of Scripture in Colossians 3:21 is convicting: "Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged."
Barnabas. His name means Son of Encouragement. He was an encourager. You can be one, too. In Part 2 of Dr. David Jeremiah's message, he teaches about four simple acts that children need that will encourage them. This message is adapted from his book, "Acts of Love."