This article, entitled Ten Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them comes from Cathy at bountifulplate.
Don’t you wish when your children were born that they came with an instruction manual? Wouldn’t that make parenting a lot easier? One thing we can always show our children is how much we love them. There are many ways to do this. Below are ten ways:
Give them hugs – showing physical affection for your children is one of the greatest “gifts” you can give them and it doesn’t “cost” anything!
Respect their privacy – as parents we like our privacy, don’t we? We should extend the same courtesy to our children.
Honesty – don’t lie to your kids, it’s one sure way for them not to respect you.
Be consistent – children crave consistency and routine. This applies to discipline too.
Tell them you love them – those four letters (LOVE) are so powerful. Tell your kids you love them - frequently!
Celebrate every success – when your child sits up for the first time, walks, crawls, gets an A on an important test – CELEBRATE! Kids love verbal praise. This is especially important for parents of special needs children. Even the smallest success is HUGE!
Time – if you have more than one child, make sure to spend one-on-one time with each child separately.
Admit when you’re wrong – we would all like to think we are always right. If you do something wrong, tell your child you are sorry. Children need to know that parents make mistakes too.
Time-Out – if you find yourself very frustrated with your children, it’s completely okay to take a parent “time-out.” Go to a different room, close the door if you need to and give yourself a few moments to regroup and refocus.
Really Listen – even if you have had a busy day, if your child wants to tell you something important, take the few extra minutes and really listen to what they have to say. It is especially important with teenagers to keep that line of communication open.
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