Simple Ways To Make Your Child Feel Special And Loved
In order to grow into mature, confident, and thoughtful adults, children need to grow up feeling loved and important. In today’s busy, chaotic world that’s full of technology and distractions, we may not even be aware that our children aren’t receiving the love and affection they should be.
According to a chart posted to the Facebook group Communication Cubbyhole for Parents, children need a minimum of eight touches during the day to feel connected to a parent. If the child is going through a particularly challenging time, it’s a minimum of 12 a day. It could be as simple as the straightening of a collar, a pat on the shoulder, or a simple hug.
Each day, children need one meaningful eye-to-eye conversation with a parent. It is especially important for babies to have that eye contact, but children of all ages need us to slow down and look them in the eyes.
There are nine minutes during the day that have the greatest impact on a child:
- The first three minutes right after they wake up
- The first three minutes after they come home from school
- The last three minutes of the day before they go to bed
Remember, we need to make these moments special, and help our children to feel unconditionally loved!