Valentine’s Day is an occasion for couples to reaffirm their commitment to each other, but parents should show love for their children every day of the year, the American Academy of Pediatrics says.
14 Ways to Show Your Love
Easy, positive parenting tips to help your child know they are loved:
1. Positive words.
Use plenty of positive words with your child and avoid sarcasm. Never use put-downs.
2. Be there.
Respond immediately and lovingly to your child’s physical and emotional needs, and always be available when your child wants to talk with you.
3. Help with anger.
When your child is angry, argumentative or in a bad mood, give him or her a hug, cuddle, pat, secret sign or other gesture of affection. Talk about the issue when he or she is in a better mood.
4. Non-violent discipline.
Use non-violent forms of discipline and start using rewards and restrictions many years before children become teens. Learn more about discipline from ParentSavvy.
5. Set a good example.
Set a good example at home and in public. For example, remember to say things such as “I’m sorry,” “please,” and “thank you.”
6. Enjoy each other’s company.
Make sure to spend time alone with your child doing something he or she enjoys.
7. Family game nights.
Have regular family game nights and let all family members take turns choosing the game.
8. Family pet.
Having a family pet can encourage children to be physical active, enhance their overall attitude and provide them with constant companionship. A pet can be especially important for children with chronic illnesses or disabilities.
9. Cook together.
Teach your children about healthy food choices by having them cook with you.
10. Encourage their talents.
Encourage and support children as they develop their skills and abilities in all areas of their lives.
11. Take care of their health.
Take children to the doctor regularly for preventive health care visits, protect them from accidents, provide them with a nutritious diet, and encourage them to be physically active.
12. Positive friends.
Assist children in developing positive relationships with friends, siblings and members of the community.
13. Praise them.
Help children develop self-esteem by providing steady support and encouragement, believing in them, loving them, spending time with them, listening to them and praising their accomplishments.
14. Say those 3 little words.
Remember to say “I love you” to children of all ages.