Telling Children They Are Safe and Important (4-20-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   To tell your child he is safe and important.

PRACTICE:   Today, notice when your child is taking out his frustrations on other people or things.

When you see that behavior, begin giving your child messages throughout the rest of the day that say he is loved and cared about.

Make some messages be words. Make some be just actions without words.

How many can you give before bedtime? Feel free to use these examples or to make up your own:

  • “I love you oodles and oodles.”
  • Hug him (not in public, if he is a teen).
  • “Let’s have some you-and-me time.”
  • “How can I be so lucky as to have you for a son?”

Today’s Decide and Practice daily parenting tip was inspired by our featured picture book, PHOEBE & DIGGER.  Read the book to a child in your life each day as a reminder of what you are deciding and practicing that day.

Come back each day for another good parenting decision and how to practice it. (Each day’s activity will also be posted on the Daily Parenting Tips page for easy access.)

Read the whole story at Making Children Feel Safe and Important, Part 1.

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