- When you and your child are around other adults, include your child in your conversations
- If your child breaks something, help him/her fix it
- When your child says, "Watch me", take time to watch him/her. Afterwards say, "Great job!"
- When your child says, "Read me a story," treat it as the most wonderful invitation you'll receive all day
- Say "I love you" as often as you can. Definitely you make sure to say it just before your child leaves for school (or you leave for work) and last thing before turning out the light
- Take up a new hobby or sport with your child
- Give your child a hug--in fact, give them lots of hugs
- Write notes and put them in your child's lunch box
- Sometimes, take your child for ice cream or a special treat "just because you're such a great kid"
- Set aside some time to talk with your child every day. During that time don't work on the computer, watch television, wash the dishes, or pay bills. Just be there.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
A Sort of "To Do List"
The other day I was purging some files, and I came across this sweet list of "Ten Ways to Say I LOVE YOU To Your Child"--
Take it from this old empty nester---ENJOY EACH AND EVERY MINUTE WHEN THEY ARE HOME WITH YOU!!!! Each time I read this list, my mind is flooded with memories and I get weepy. I'm sure glad I have those little Mii Characters on my Wii--some days I feel like I'm surrounded by family--then I have to remind myself THAT'S A LITTLE CRAZY.