With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is all too easy to get caught up in the routine and forget the little things. While parents are worried with jobs, bills, expenses of extracurricular activities and so on, those “little things” that are going unattended to are often most important to those “little people”, you’re doing all the worrying for. Material things can only provide temporary satisfaction and happiness, but love shown and time spent are priceless and create lifetime memories.
Here are three simple things to get you back on track with making your child(ren) fell more loved:
1. Play Time
Have fun, let out your inner child and play those silly, imagination expanding games that your kids create. Gather everyone around the table or on the floor and enjoy family game night with board games, puzzles and card games. Not only will it be fun for everyone, creating many laughing moments, but many board games, card games, and puzzles offer an educational experience as well.
2. Unplug, Pay Attention and Listen
At the playground, dinner table, or even while watching a movie with your child, set aside your smart-phones, tablets and other gadgets that are distractions, kids want your attention. The worse feeling has to be when a child is calling their parents name to show them a really cool thing they’re doing on the playground, only to have the parent not even look up or acknowledge them because their attention is on their phone. Or, how disheartening it must be when a child is in the middle of telling you all about their day, detail to detail, and you’re only half paying attention, not engaging in the conversation at all.
3. Show Affection
Numerous studies have shown that children respond well to physical affection, such as a warm embrace and kiss from their parents. Children also show increased self-esteem and are less likely to display anger when they receive this positive, appropriate affection from their parents, also including supportive and encouraging dialogue.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
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