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National Parent’s Day

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National Parent’s Day is recognized today in the United States. This day aims to promote responsible parenting and highlight positive parental role models. Responsible parenting requires focus, investment and commitment. Today is a day to recognize and celebrate those in our lives who have influenced ourselves and others in a parental way.

Commitment and unconditional love are core values that are important for all families to thrive. They are vital to children’s growth and development and they develop strong positive bonds between parental figures and the children.

Responsible parenting is vital in creating not only positive and strong families but also stronger communities as well. All across the country we see parents stepping up to create and maintain a nurturing and positive environment for their own children as well as others in the community.

Parental influences come in many forms. Besides parents, support comes from Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and other relatives, neighbors, teachers, friends and so much more. Take the time today to recognize the people in your life that have shown you guidance and love.

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Will my child make a difference in the world?

themorethatyoureadMany parents aspire that their children will grow up and become an important member of their community that will influence others in a positive manner.  But are there things parents can do to mold their kids to become these types of people?

Get out there are get involved. Children who are exposed to different experiences will be well-rounded. Get them to try sports, gymnastics or dancing. Enroll them in playschool or preschool. Arrange play dates or go to the park. They will learn how to be social and how to interact with others.

Read to them! If you instill the love of reading in your child, there are no limits to what your child will learn. These lessons may lead to all kinds of adventures and experiences. Referring to Dr. Seuss “The more you read, the more you will know. The more that you know the more places you’ll go.” This can not be truer.

Be a good role model. Parents have the most influence in a child’s early life and that is something to take seriously. By watching and mimicking what we do, our children experiment with different actions, attitudes, language and emotions. None of us is perfect but if we remain aware of our little copy cats; we should always display loving, caring and positive behavior. Don’t forget that they are always watching. Does your child talk negatively? Are they worrying? Do they argue with others? Take a look at your own behavior and chances are, this is the way you are behaving whether you are aware or not.

The bottom line is that we need to support and accept our children for who they are. Trying to make them fit a certain mold will only lead to dissatisfaction for both of you and cause strained relationships. Some will grow prominent in the spotlight of society. Others will make a difference in more subtle ways. Give them the right nurturing and then watch them blossom. They will most certainly amaze you with their beauty.

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How do I ensure my children know that I love them?

One of the most important things for a child is to know that they are loved. Telling your child you love them every single day is a wonderful start. Knowing that their parents love them helps children interact with people in the world in a confident manner. There are many other things that parents can do to help create a loving family. Here are just a few.

Starting with a strong foundation helps to keep everything stable. Many parents forget to nurture the relationship with each other once they have children. Don’t forget that it is that love that brings the children into the world. We should also remember that these little bundles of joy will grow up and move away and we will again be left with each other. This is all the more reason to ensure we make time for each other every day. Children will see that their parents love and value each other and this will increase the joy and love in the home.

At times we are all How to love a child but children need to know that their parents are grateful for them and that they are an important part of the family. Showing unconditional love and acceptance for them regularly is necessary for keeping them happy and thriving. Show an interest in the things your children likes and that will open the door for them to know that they can talk with you about anything.

Listen to your children. Really listen. Stop what you are doing and look at them with your undivided attention. Show them that you value their opinions and perspectives even if you don’t agree with them. Allow them to finish what they want to say before jumping to conclusions. Everyone wants to be heard no matter how insignificant the conversation may be.

Spend time with your children with the intention of focusing on them. We all have times when we are with our children but our focus is often on other tasks. Take them for a walk, go to the park, play a game or read a book. Leave the cell phone behind, turn off the TV, stop trying to multitask. Your children will notice how much attention you are giving to them and will love every minute of it…so will you.

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