|Never be afraid to join your kids in their world…|
Lighten up! Joking with your toddler helps set them up for social success. When parents joke and pretend, it gives young kids the tools to think creatively, make friends and manage stress. Daddy aces this department; whenever he’s around, the house livens up. He’s wacky, he’s spontaneous and he engages Dana in wholesome boisterous fun and imaginative play. Daddy’s philosophy? She’s only gonna be young once and let’s enjoy her (and let’s help her enjoy her childhood) while we can!
2. Be Positive
|Looking forward to her 1st Marathon Run because she knows we’ll be cheering for her.|
3. Nurture Your Marriage
|A special delivery from the hubs when he was in the States on a business this year.|
Don’t let your relationship with your spouse or partner fall by the wayside when baby is born. A happy marriage is the foundation growing happy kids. Make efforts to keep the flame of romance alive and let your spouse know he/she has not been displaced by the addition of children. Even though the hubs and I may not be able to go out on date nights often (due to lack of extended home support), we never fail to send each other a short SMS or whatsapp message everyday to say ‘Love you’ or ‘Thinking of you…”. Little gestures like these go a long way to anchor the relationship in love.
|A self-taken portrait on one of our rare date nights…|
|It’s ok if the clothes are mis-matched…she’s having fun with pretend play!|
|House over-run by toys? She’s creating magic with them!|
|I am Special because God made me so!|
For example, saying “that was a hurtful thing you said” is less harsh than would “you were being rude and disrespectful.” Similarly, saying “that was a clever idea” may be better than saying “you are brilliant”. That way, when a kid inevitably does something wrong, he doesn’t feel he has ruined his parents’ opinion of him. Personally, I think this is one of the most important take away from this post. The foundation of a happy child essentially lies in their healthy self-worth. If they feel assured, loved and valued, they will grow up happy. To criticise the behaviour and not the child – what a timeless piece of golden advice for all parents. I MUST start conscientiously applying this principle in my parenting duties so that my words will not stem Dana’s self-esteem.
|Thanking God for my happy princess!|