Telling Children They Are Important. (4-24-14)

Today’s Parenting Tip:

DECIDE:   Your child should know how important he is to you.

PRACTICE:   Today, think back to when your child was born.

What did you say when you first saw him? First held him? What was your reason for selecting your child’s name?  Share these memories with your child.

Even if you think your child is too young to understand, tell him anyway. He’ll pick up on the tone of your voice and the look on your face. He’ll hear the “importance” behind your words.

You can also ask other family members and friends to share their memories of your child as a new baby in the family.

If you happen to have an adult child expecting a baby, be sure to share these memories. They can be very helpful to expectant parents who are wondering whether they will be able to bond with their new babies.

Realizing how important they were to you when they arrived will reassure them that they too will be able to fully accept and welcome their new baby.

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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