I love and cherish my children. I want them to flourish. I make daily decisions that help to strengthen our connection.
I provide guidance. I set realistic goals and expectations. I give them the opportunity to make choices and experience the consequences. I teach them how to talk about their emotions and resolve conflicts.
I validate their feelings. I listen to what they have to say. I accept them for who they are.
I spend time with them. We eat family dinners and go on weekend outings. We run errands together and play board games.
I show affection. I hug them and tell them that I love them.
I use positive discipline. I look for the reasons behind their behavior so we can make constructive and lasting changes. I take time to cool off so that I can avoid speaking or acting in anger. I praise them for the things they do well.
I strive to be a worthy role model. I know that my actions are more powerful than my words. When I am faced with a difficult decision, I think about what I would do if my children were watching.
I encourage my children to become independent. I respect their personal space and boundaries. I remind myself when it is time to let go. I step back so they can find their own solutions.
Today, I practice loving my children unconditionally. I take care of their physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. I raise them to be responsible and kind adults.
- How do my childhood experiences affect my parenting?
- What can I do to teach my children emotional intelligence?
- How does taking care of myself make me a more effective parent?