What little changes will make your children happier now and even later on in life?
When parenting, we all know life gets busy however these simple tips keep your children feeling happy, loved and most importantly at the top of your list.
Slather on the love and affection.
Children need to be hugged, kissed, patted on the back and told: “I love you.” Even in those less than adorable moments when it seems there is just one tantrum after the next those things remind them that no matter what they are loved, cared for a safe. It’s never okay to withhold your love from a child.
Get down with them and play.
Children learn through play. They learn so much more than you can imagine and when you get down there at their level you are showing interest in what is important to them in that moment. It tells them in a none verbal what you care about them and what they are doing. I play with Little Miss, I play with my big teenage boy. Let them lead you. You will be glad you did.
Listen to what they are saying.
Children are people. Though they are small or in some cases bigger they have interesting and important things to say. They key as parents are to let them talk, to really listen to what they are telling you without judgment or even fixing issues for them right away. I remember all through raising my children they would often come to me while I was washing dishes and just talk. I took that time to focus solely on what was being said to me and they knew it. Sometimes it was just silly little things and other times it was things that were heavy on their little hearts. So please if you want them to come to you just stop and listen.
Show love, kindness, and respect to your spouse and other family members.
Live and model the sort of relationships you hope they will one day themselves have. Children thrive on a solid foundation o the family. Embrace and love others so they can learn to do so as well. Even if your family is not the model family and Lord knows ours often is not… love respect and kindness go far.
Teach them to help out.
There is no reason not to expect children to help around the home. It makes them so much more included in all that goes on and gives them wonderful life long skills and good habits to bring into adulthood. Children feel pride in being part of all things great and small. Even in just sweeping a floor or planting a garden.