You love your child unconditionally. Yet as any busy mum knows, it can be hard enough to find time to breathe, let alone show your child just how much you adore her.
Luckily there are simple things you can add to your daily routine that will comfort your child and reassure her of your feelings about her.
Here are the 6 things kids need to see you do to feel loved:
Put your phone down
It’s 2017, so life without a smartphone would just be weird.
Yet it’s important to set time away from scrolling through Instagram or checking your emails to focus entirely on your child.
It’s important to give full, undivided attention at times to your child. But it’s equally valuable to balance that with a child learning attention does often have to be
shared with others – including a tablet or phone.
Have one on one time with your child
This is especially true if you have more than one child. Spending dedicated time with each child – even just 15 minutes a day – can reassure her about just how important she is to you.
Be specific so your child is aware the time you’ve set aside is their time with you.
This could be as simple as reading a bedtime story to your child, or, if you have more time, a day out together.
It might sound strange, but having household rules and boundaries can actually help your child feel comforted … even if she does complain about her bedtime or
having to stay at the dinner table until everyone has finished.
It’s important to have a framework so everyone knows what is expected of them. Having a balance of flexibility and boundaries makes for happier, more secure
Play with your child
From coloring to junk modelling, your child will enjoy her activity so much more if you join in.
And by playing along with your child, this can also help the two of you to bond … and affirm to your child that you love her.
It’s best to do things you yourself can enjoy as it will be more fun for your child.
Don’t interrupt your child
Okay so sometimes your child can talk. A Lot.
But even if she is asking you for the millionth time where babies come from, it’s important not to interrupt her.
Listening attentively is good for your child. It’s fine to interrupt if you’re having a discussion, as long as your child gets to finish what she’s saying.
Get to know your child’s friends
So some of your child’s friends might be a bit annoying.
But organizing play dates and showing an interest in who your child’s best friend is helps show her how much you care.
Having your child’s friends round to play and getting to know them means a lot to your child. It’s all part of having involvement in our children’s lives.