Four ways to make your child feel like a star:
Ask your child what starry thing she did today? Did you feel like a star today? When? Why? How could you make your sister, brother or friend feel like a star?
Make the word, “star” a secret whisper between you and your child that tells him you are seeing him as a shining star right then.
Write your child notes that just say, “You are a star.” Then, maybe at bedtime, ask him what he thinks you meant by that.
Give your child a “star” trinket that fits in his pocket. Tell him that every time he feels it in his pocket it will remind him that he is important.
(See Your Child Is a Star! for more about the star in your child.)
Spring’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.
A reminder that your child has a star within him, and you can help it shine.
A reminder that you can help your children with sad and frustrated feelings when they can’t have everything they want.
A reminder how important it is for your children to learn to wait.
A reminder about what it means when your child says no and how important your response can be.
A reminder that it is important to help your child handle his or her aggression.
A reminder of how important it is for your child to have your attention.
Read All About It:
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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