It is often difficult for human beings to pay as much attention to compliments as they do to criticism. To test this out: Fold a paper in half. On one half list criticisms you received recently. On the other half, compliments you received.
Think about which group, criticism, or compliments made the deepest impression on you. Which did you think the most about, stew over, easily remember? Spend the rest of your day thinking, appreciating, and remembering the compliments.
If the children you care about are old enough, share with them one of your compliments and let them know how it makes you feel.