In these 4+ years of parenting, I always tried to find out the things that matter to Kids.
You buy your Kid almost everything they ask for.
You take them for rides every now and then.
You make them join art/music or sports class.
But nothing of these matter much to your Kids. You must be amazed at this but this is true.
Rather, there are so many small things that matter a lot to Kids, more than we think.
Like other Parents, I also said this “I do so much for you then why are you so ungrateful, so rude”. I was also among the ones who believe that doing everything for the Kids should automatically make them grateful or loving.
I was so wrong.
Kids don’t need rides or games or parties to make them feel loved. They need something else.
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Things that matter to Kids
It’s the little things that matter the most to Kids. These are the things that make a Kid happy.
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Smile at their acts. No matter how foolish they are.
Smile at their efforts. No matter if they achieved something or not.
Answer their curious questions. Don’t shut them off.
Play with them. Go out together for cycling or playing. Don’t say I have no time.
Help them with their assignments/projects. Don’t outsource or just make it for them.
Do fun together. Piggy-ride, rough-play, pillow fight or dance. Don’t ask them to grow up or stop doing silly things.
Hug them. Cuddle them. No matter how old they are.
Embrace them. No matter what wrong they did.
Trust them for their actions. Don’t tell them that they can’t do that.
Trust them when they refuse. Don’t ask them to stop making an excuse.
Praise them every now and then even if it a small act. Like- washing hands on their own or doing a chore or their homework independently.
Praise them while talking to someone else and make sure they hear you. Shhh! Do not show that you know they are around.
Praise them for their efforts. Not for their talents.
No matter what the world says but what you say to your Kids matter a lot to them.
Support them for their decisions. Even if it is
Say Yes if they want to stomp in a puddle. Even without rain boots.
Use Soft tone to reply. No matter how rude they are.
Use right words to advice. No matter how wrong they are.
Last but not the least, your health matters a lot to your Kids. Only if you are physically and mentally healthy, you would be able to take care of them and help them reach their full potential.
Indulge in Self-care. No matter how busy you are.
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