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Loving Your Children on Valentine’s Day - and All Year Long

Posted by: laurakujawski on Monday, February 12, 2007


Loving and nurturing children is something that should come naturally to all parents. Sadly, in the United States over 3 million children don't live in loving homes (due to underreporting of violence against children, the actual number is three times greater) and almost 600,000 live in foster care.

With the current political, economical and world issues, not to mention the stresses of everyday living, it seems that we can forget the most vital and important thing of all - loving our children.

This Valentine’s Day parents should make a special point to nurture and love their children. These tips show how easy  it is:

  • Hug your child - often and for no specific reason other than to show your love.
  • Encourage your child using positive words.
  • Place a Valentine’s day card by their bed so they can see it when they wake up on Valentine’s morning and feel special.
  • Make plans to spend at least half a day alone with your child doing something they enjoy.
  • Remove any and all put-downs from your mind and your parenting vocabulary.
  • When your child is angry, extra needy, argumentative or in a bad mood, the most wonderful way of showing your love is a hug, cuddle, pat, secret sign or other gesture of affection.
  • Respond promptly and lovingly to your child's physical and emotional needs.
  • By making an extra effort to set a good example at home and out in public by saying “I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you". This not only goes a long way and it will come back to you.
  • Use non-violent forms of discipline.
  • Encourage your child to cook with you. The two of you have fun and you’re promoting good food choices.
  • Take your child to the doctor regularly for consultations, keeping him safe from accidents, providing a nutritious diet, and encouraging exercise throughout childhood, you help protect and strengthen his body.
  • Whether or not you actively try to pass on your values and beliefs to your children, they are bound to absorb some of them just by living with you.
  • One of your most important gifts as a parent is to help your child develop self-esteem. Your children need your constant support and encouragement to discover their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Reinforce their strengths and help them strengthen their weaknesses. They need you to believe in them as they learn to believe in themselves. Love them, spend time with them, listen to them and praise their accomplishments.
  • Remember to say, "I love you" to children of all ages!

Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of Love Our Children USA said “Valentine's Day is special day to remember the ones we love. Of course, our children should be loved and nurtured every day! The benefits to you and your children are amazing!”

 

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