A few kind words can mean everything to a child; a few misplaced criticisms can wound them - so, how do we nurture happy children? Here are a few tips.
Assure: at every opportunity tell your child about what they do well. If they sing nicely or walk well to nursery or show kindness to another, make a point of telling them.
Give them the stage: let them show you things whether it be a new song sung at school or a dance they learned at ballet. Allow them to have a little attention now and then.
Encourage: if they are struggling with something, be kind and calm and encourage them to keep trying and to achieve. Don't pester or push too hard, but give them confidence enough in themselves to try hard and achieve whether it be riding a scooter or throwing a ball.
Give them independence: if they want to help sweep the floor or get dress on their own, don't pester them, let them try it out for themselves, even if you know you are going to have to go round behind them and sort it out afterwards. Having a belief that you can do something yourself is very important.
Mistakes: are not always intentional so try not to get angry if they do something wrong. Give them the confidence to try again!
Praise them!: make them feel good about themselves by telling them how much you enjoy their singing, or love their scribbles. Display work even though you might think it a little less than perfect. Make sure you display it low down so they can see too!
What do you do when your little one seems a bit down in the dumps? Saying, 'Cheer up', 'Stop being so moody', etc. certainly doesn't help. With little ones, its best to do something to lift the mood. Here are a few tips for getting little ones to perk up! You'll probably find you all end up having fun!
Make an observation and give out a bit of praise. Get them to do a picture and say how great it is. Praise them for something good they have done. It can work wonders.
Wash away the bad mood - if its sunny go outside and using a hose or a spray or a watering can, wash away the moodiness. Have a giggle while you wash and use some bubbles too!
Simply ask what's wrong - if they can tell you try and get them to explain why they seem unhappy. See if it's something you can help with.
Go for a run around the park or garden - Scoop your child up, put on some trainers and head off for a windy walk and a run in the park. Or go out in the garden for a wild run around, some chasing, a bit of high spirited screaming and giggling. It will do you all the world of good!
Think of things - ... that you love, that you like doing, that you like playing. Act them out, have a laugh as you try and enjoy yourselves. You will see the mood lifting!
Put on some music - dance your troubles away! Have a boogie and have some fun!
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