When you have a child with dyslexia, one of the biggest challenges is maintaining his or her self-esteem. One of the best ways to do that is to show your love and support, and I’d like to share several ways to do that.
Don’t be afraid to use the exact words. “I love you,” “I support what you want to do,” and “I’m behind you” are three of the most powerful phrases you could ever say to your child. And don’t just say them occasionally—you don’t want to overdo it, but be sure your child knows how you feel.
Touch is a very powerful connection tool. Hug, kiss, and cuddle with your child. Huddle together on the couch while watching TV, share a snuggle before bed, and always give your child a goodbye hug any time he or she leaves you.
Do things together regularly.
Carve out special time for you and your child to spend time alone together. When you are with your child, do something special. Many parents have a routine they have created with their children, which they all look forward to. It doesn’t matter what you do; what matters is that you’re doing something together that you both enjoy.
Encourage his or her interests.
Does your child enjoy watching football, or does he or she love drawing or music? Praise the efforts and support the growth of those interests. Find classes for him or her to take, find a group that does that activity, or buy some books or videos to help him or her get better.
Be his or her biggest fan and advocate.
When the chips are down, you need to come through for your child. Whether it’s working with the schools or finding an after-school program to help your child, your role is to advocate for your child’s best interests. You are the one who makes the final decision regarding your child, and it’s something I know you take very seriously.
What do you do to show your child he or she is loved?