Love like a dog

Any time, Drive time

In this activity, you’ll watch how your pet dog reacts when someone in the family is upset, and talk about body language cues that suggest someone is upset.

If you have a dog, see if you can catch them trying to lick the face or hands of someone who is sad or upset. Point out to your children that pets can sometimes set a good example of being sensitive to the needs and hurts of those around us.

Brainstorm together and come up with a list of signs that indicate a person may have inner hurts. For example, if a family member who is usually talkative is very quiet, that can be a sign that they are upset.

Discuss ways that you might console a distressed family member, and have each family member share ways they would appreciate being encouraged. Licking a person is not recommended (unless you are a dog)! But a hug, a hand on the shoulder or a pat on the back is a great way to encourage someone.

Relevant Scripture

1 John 4:21 “And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.