My five-year old has taken up a renewed interest in the Barbie movies she got when she was three. My house is filled with the sound of Barbie with her puppies or Barbie as a mermaid or Barbie in fairy wings. My little one sings along as Barbie plays a different character who is always the same: kind and loyal, but timid and discouraged, wondering for what she is meant, only to be given a mission in which she finds she is far more beautiful, gifted and dignified than she ever thought.
He taught the blessing as simply, “I believe you can be the person God made you to be, and I believe that you can accomplish the mission that God has for you.”
Since then, I have pulled my husband and my five- and 11-year old girls together for a nightly prayer service, having each of us bless each other in those ways. It has been sweet time of bonding for parents to bless children, children to bless parents and spouse to bless spouse.