Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day of the year we express our love. There are a million little ways to let your child know you love them every day of the year. Consider these four categories as a way to express your love on a daily basis.
Spending time with your children is one of the best ways to let them know how important they are to you. A parent who pays more attention to their smart phone than their child may find one day they get the same treatment in return. Read your kids stories, listen to their ideas or play a board game together. It doesn’t take much – just your precious time.
Setting rules that help children function at their best is another way to show your love. A child who is allowed to stay up very late, perhaps to watch one more TV show, may initially think he is prized, but a good night’s sleep – that means a dedicated bedtime – shows true love. A child who is not overtired does better in school and in social situations.
Everyone enjoys a treat now and again, but on a daily basis, children (and adults) need the proper fuel to help them get through the day with energy and good spirit. Too much sugar at breakfast sets a child up for an emotional and mental energy crash well before lunchtime. Serve a healthy breakfast and pack them a nutritious lunch. That’s love.
Safety first is a good rule to follow. To start, all children should ride in appropriate car seats. It’s best if toddlers hold a parent’s hand while walking in parking lots and all kids should wear bike helmets. As your child grows and explores other activities and adventures keep safety first in mind. A child who learns about safety early is set up to continue the habit.
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