During some of my free time this weekend, I actually read a newspaper. Now, I read the newspaper every day (give or take) but I usually just breeze through it within a matter of minutes. This week I found an article worth reading in its entirety.
I thought I’d take a minute to share some of it here. A man by the name of Cary Quashen has a column, “Action”, that shared the following tips on showing our children some love this Valentine’s Day.
The tips aren’t anything mind-blowing, but I thought were a nice reminder; something to cut out and stick on the fridge for those days when the act of parenting drives you to drink–a lot. (Of course, if you’ve had a lot to drink, you probably won’t be able to read it, but it’s there anyway…just in case.)
- Remember that children often reflect what they have or have not been taught
- Be patient, not just tolerant
- Remember that children often need love the most when they “deserve” it the least
- Help them learn the feeling of regret, not just say they are sorry
- Help them learn the feeling of gratitude, not just say thank you
- Answer their questions
- Know that a child experiencing love will express love
- Say the word “love” a lot
There were 44 tips in all, but these were just a few that really spoke to me. Maybe they’ll do the same for you.