Every day we have hundreds of exchanges with our kids about everything from getting them up and out the door on time for school, to going over homework, and reading bedtime stories. A lot of what we say to our children we do without even thinking about it – w e’re just getting through the day and doing what needs to be done. And that means not all of our interactions are positive, even though our intentions are good.
So along with the prodding to hurry and eat breakfast so they’re not late, and five reminders to brush their teeth, we should make a point to remind our kids how much we appreciate, adore, and love them.
Here are five things we should strive to tell our kids each and every day. They can be combined and shared all at once, or sprinkled around during the day:
- Something they did that makes you proud
- Something you know they tried their hardest at.
- Something you loved doing with them.
- Something they said that made you laugh.
- And no matter how you want to say it: "I love you."
Making a point to share these things with your precious little ones will help you get into the habit of communicating these positive ideas with them. And these are the things you’ll want them to remember you saying, instead of all the nagging and criticizing.