Here are ways to show your child how much you love them on Valentine’s Day or every day.
- Use plenty of positive and encouraging words with your child.
- Make an extra effort to set a good example about how to connect and talk with other people at home and in public.
- Respond promptly and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs
- When your child is angry, grouchy, or in a bad mood, give him a quick hug, cuddle, pat, secret nod or other sign of affection he responds to and then consider talking with him about it when he’s feeling better.
- Use non-violent forms of discipline.
- Make plans to spend time alone with your young child or teen doing something she enjoys on a regular basis.
- Mark family game nights on your calendar so the entire family can look forward to having ways to enjoy spending time together.
- Consider owning a pet, if possible. Having a pet can help make some children, especially those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, feel better by increasing their physical activity, enhancing their overall feelings, and offering another way to connect with someone they care about.
- One of the best ways to have your child learn more about good food choices is to encourage him to cook with you.
- As your child grows up, she’ll spend most of her time improving upon a variety of skills and abilities that she gains in all areas of her life.
- Your child’s health depends a lot on the care and support you offer during his early years.
- Help your child foster positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community.
- One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem.
- Don’t forget to say, “I love you” to children of all ages!
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