§ DON’T compare your child to a sibling or anybody else!
§ Listen more to your kids and talk less
§ ‘Men are what their mothers made them’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
§ ‘Children are the living messages to a time we will never see’
§ Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression – Haim Ginott
§ It is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect and by gentleness, than by fear. – Terence
§ Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.
§ ‘Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.’ – James Baldwin
§ Soft is the heart of a child- take care not to harden it’
§ “One of the greatest Questions to ask yourself at the end of the day is, “If I were the only example my child has from whom to learn right from wrong, what would she have learned today?” – Dr Michele Borba
§ All children behave as well as they are treated
§ ‘Children have more need of models than of critics.’ ~ Carolyn Coats
§ ‘To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.’ ~ Anonymous
§ ‘A child, like your stomach, doesn’t need all you can afford to give it.”~ Frank A. Clark
§ “If you want your children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”~ Abigail Van Buren
§ Talk to your child in the positive, NOT in the negative. For example, instead of saying ‘stop your whining’, say ‘use your big, strong voice’.
§ Give your child LOTS of great eye contact!
§ As we explore the world of a child, we must remember that the spousal relationship remains WITHOUT A DOUBT the most important bond in a family. It’s effect on a child throughout his life is TREMENDOUS. So do something special with your spouse tonight!
§ Be silly with your kids. Make funny faces. Create silly noises. Find ways to giggle.
§ Focus on what your kids are doing right and PRAISE them for it!