Every adult wants to feel special. They want to feel loved, accepted, and cared for by their family and friends. But it isn’t just adults who need to feel appreciated and valued, kids need that as well. Because the way a child feels about themselves effects every aspect of their life, it’s important to help them build good self esteem at an early age. There are many ways for parents to help their children feel cared for and special.
If your child is involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, ballet, cub scouts, or chess club, they always need a cheerleader. Making it a point to attend every event that they’re involved in shows your child that you consider them important because you took time out to be with them. Of course things happen that are unexpected and you may not be able to attend every event, but if you go to the majority, your child will feel special.
No matter what school your child attends, there are always activities going on. There are holiday parties, awards assemblies, school plays, and depending on the age of your child, there are school dances. Although some kids are embarrassed by their parents, (which is common) they still take delight in them attending their school activities.
Adults are usually tied up with work or errands and appointments, so at the end of the day there may not be a lot of time to spend with your child. But on the weekend you can plan a “Kid’s Day”. This will be a day planned specifically for your child. Take them to a movie of their choice, have a picnic with their favorite foods, or go on a bike ride. Since most of the work week is focused on responsibilities, a day of fun will put a smile on your child’s face and warmth in both of your hearts.
A child’s bedroom should be a comfortable area to rest and relax or play and entertain their friends. Sometimes when adults furnish their home it’s only with items that they like themselves. But adding items to your child’s room can also send the message of “I love you.” Made4kids.com has a wide selection of personalized items, and there are other websites that offer just the same. There are personalized music cds, picture frames, books, and even poems written especially for a child with their name on it. Although children enjoy toys, these personalized items will be treasured during childhood and throughout their lives.
Communication is important in any relationship and a good conversation with your child helps you bond with them. As parents we usually talk to our child but not always engage them in conversation, so discussing how they feel or what’s going on in their life is important. You can ask open ended questions and ask their opinion of things. This will show them that what they have to say is important.
Because time goes by quickly and before you know it your children will leave the nest. Enjoy them while they’re with you and take every opportunity to make them feel loved and special so that they can feel comfortable with themselves and have peace of mind throughout their lives.