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As your children grow from being babies to toddlers it seems we are constantly advising, telling-off, teaching and saying 'no'! 'Don't eat with your mouth open, 'Don't sit on your brother', 'Don't wear that summer dress its freezing outside!'.
However, telling them and showing them you still love them, despite all the 'no's' is really important for you both. Here are some top ways to tell a pre-schooler that you still love them, even though they may be driving you to distraction!
- Remember to use lots of positive, encouraging words when they are behaving
- Don't use put-downs ('I'm fed up with you', 'you are being naughtily', 'stop behaving like a baby')
- Respond lovingly when they are needing it: if thay fall over or are feeling a bit sad
- Make an effort yourself to be nice: say 'thank you' or 'I'm sorry'
- If your pre-schooler is angry or being silly, show them you still love them with a kind cuddle or secret sign between you
- Make a special date to spend some time together alone without any other siblings around
- Make each child 'in charge' for an evening, choosing the game you play or the meal you eat (within reason); make sure you rotate so you all get a turn!
- Include your child in an importance decision if you can or consult with them if something needs discussing
- Ask for their help with something: preparing a meal, buying gifts etc.
- Encourage your child's skills by supporting their interests and out of school activities
- Tell them 'I Love You!'