Four Things to Say to Your Children


Parenting Thought

Here are four important messages for you to give your child. (Adapted from GROWING UP AGAIN, Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson.) You can put them in your own words. You can do things that give these messages without words.

  1. I enjoy you and want to be with you.
  2. I enjoy you when you are just quietly being you.37 Sidebar 3
  3. I enjoy you just as much when you are busy and into everything.
  4. I love to watch you grow and learn to do new things, including how to follow rules.61 Sidebar 1
I would love to hear the ways you found to deliver these messages. Use the comment section below to share with all our readers.
Winter’s Picture Books
We have been amazed at how much good parenting information is in children’s picture books – books that we hope you are reading everyday to the children in your lives – your own, your class, those you take care of.  For each book, we are noting there is something in it to remind you of how to be the parent you want to be.
What’s in it for you, the reader? 
A reminder of how important self-esteem is for your children.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that babies start making decisions about themselves and the world around them from the moment they are born (if not before).
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that natural consequences are powerful. See for more about natural consequences.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that your child has a star within him. You can help it shine.
What’s in it for you, the reader?
A reminder that you can help your child with sad and frustrated feelings when they can’t have everything they want.

Read All About It:

Decisions Babies Make

SELF-ESTEEM A FAMILY AFFAIR, Jean Illsley Clarke

GROWING UP AGAIN: PARENTING OURSELVES, PARENTING OUR CHILDREN, Jean Illsley Clarke and Connie Dawson

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