Five Things Every Child Needs Daily
by Katy O'Neal Arrowood
With the five fingers on just one of your hands, you can remind yourself of the following five actions that will foster self confidence in your child, as well teach him/her to trust others. As the old saying goes, "It is easier to build up a child than to repair an adult."
1. Hugs - One of the best gifts you can share with your child is touch. Giving your child daily hugs demonstrates your love in a caring way that can't be replaced. Affection toward your child helps teach him/her that families nurture each other in a loving way.
2. Open communication - A child needs to hear approving words often, but a child must also feel that he/she is heard. Talking with, as well as listening to your child will help to build a strong sense of self, as well as encouraging your child to know the importance of listening to others.
3. Daily blessing - Telling your child with words that you know he/she will accomplish great things worth giving! Enlighten your child that you know he/she was created in a special way with unique talents that will fit perfectly with his/her dreams. Words spoken will help to mold your child into who he/she will be; better for the words to be uplifting than to be disapproving. Remember to tell your child daily those three little words: I love you!
4. Respect - Treat your child like a valuable person, and he/she will treat himself/herself and others with honor and respect. Setting limits, being consistent with discipline, and insisting on good manners will demonstrate to your child that you value him/her, and you have a stake in making sure his/her life is honorable.
5. Time - The debate over quality time versus quantity time is over. Yes, the time spent with your child should be quality time, but you also need to spend lots of time with your child. It is not a secret that we all are busy people, but our children must know that we enjoy just being with them. Every activity doesn't have to be spectacular; even time together in the kitchen while one is cooking and the other is working on homework puts you in the same room. You may be surprised the time your child decides to really talk to you, it probably won't be during the quality planned time, rather during just an everyday routine.