EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

 

Every Child Is Special – 14 Ways To Make Your Kids Special

Want to know the secret to remembering every child is special? Here are 14 ways to make your kids feel loved and one of a kind.

 

 

Let’s chat about how every child is special.

In case you haven’t realized it, in order to feel special your child needs your time, love, and attention.

As a parent, you’re probably the most important influence in their life, so it’s up to you to make them smile and build up their self-esteem.

If this is something you are looking to do, consider the following ideas for things you can do to make your child feel special.

There is also the option to invent some new strategies of you own.

 

Everyday Practices to Make Your Child Feel Special

 

Habits and rituals that become part of your routine family life will have the deepest impact.

Even on your busiest days, you’ll be able to show your child how much you care just by doing your ordinary activities.

 

Integrate these practices into your regular routines:

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

 

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 1 – Be enthusiastic.

 

When your child speaks to you, is your attention fully on your child or are you always half-distracted and focused on something else?

The most important thing you can do as a parent is listen attentively when your child wants to talk with you.

Share their excitement even if the subject is something you consider to be boring (like dead bugs or a cartoon you’ve both watched a hundred times.)

Embrace their enthusiasm and curiosity for life.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 2 – Demonstrate affection.

 

Showing physical affection is one of the best ways to affirm your love you’re your child.

It really does feel so good to receive a cuddle, kiss or hug.

Make sure to give your child hugs and kisses on a regular basis.

You don’t need a reason to say the words I LOVE YOU to your child.

Physical contact helps you bond with your children and may even enhance their brain development.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 3 – Offer praise.

 

Adults are so quick to point out mistakes to a child or to cut them down but I encourage you to do the opposite.

Let your child know that you’re proud of them for their talents and for making an effort.

Tell them how much you admire their ability to sing or skateboard.

Applaud them for completing their homework or carrying packages for an elderly neighbor.

NOTICE IT WHEN THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT and let them know their efforts are appreciated.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 4 – Ask for help.

 

Enlist your child’s cooperation and give them a chance to teach you, too.

If you could do with some help, ask your child to help you.

This demonstrates that you believe in their ability to be helpful.

You believe that they have a service to offer you that you appreciate.

You trust that they can be helpful.

 

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Tell them that you appreciate the part they play in keeping the household running smoothly.

 

Thank them for explaining a new catchphrase or demonstrating how to play a popular video game.

Don’t always assume that learning is a one-way street in your family and that only YOU as the older person have something to teach them.

Be open to the fact that they could have something to teach you too.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 5 – Go for a drive.

 

If you have to go out and run errands why not turn it into an opportunity to connect with your kids?

Make your errands more meaningful.

Invite your child to come along.

Even if it takes you a little longer to complete your work, the conversations are worth it.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

 

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 6 – Encourage hobbies.

 

How does your child spend their free time?

Limit TV and computer time so they can take up a hobby that will make them more interesting and accomplished.

Introduce them to new hobbies that they love and will help them grow.

 

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TIP # 7 – Do chores together.

 

Taking responsibility builds your child’s confidence.

Put them in charge of setting the dinner table or walking the dog.

Give them something useful to do that makes them feel like a contributing member of the family.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 8 – Read bedtime stories.

 

The hours spent preparing for sleep are an ideal opportunity to unwind and connect.

Snuggle together and share your favorite books.

Make up stories based on your real-life experiences.

Even if they are older you can always check in on them and ask them about their day.

This is your time to LISTEN, really listen, and hear what they have to say.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

 

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 9 – Enjoy family dinners.

 

Mealtime is another chance to spend some uninterrupted time together.

Your children will strengthen their conversation skills and probably eat healthier.

Make it a regular event.

Growing up my family had dinner together at a set time every single night.

We never missed it and grew to love this tradition of catching up at least once a day as a family unit.

 

Festive Gestures to Make Your Child Feel Special

 

Of course, there’s also room for thoughtful surprises and occasional treats.

You can brighten up your child’s day without having to spend a lot of money.

 

Try these ideas:

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 10 – Send mail.

 

Physical mail is so rare these days that anything you send may seem exceptional.

Write a letter to your child for their birthday or give them a book related to their hobby.

Surprise them with something they will really appreciate.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 11 – Volunteer as a family.

 

Helping others is a surefire way to feel more satisfied with your life.

Talk with your child about what causes excite them and look for fun and easy projects that they’ll want to do again and again.

 

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

 

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 12 – Plan outings.

 

Short trips can give you more family time and help your child to continue learning outside the classroom.

Visit a science museum in your neighborhood or your plan next vacation destination.

Even now that my kids are teenagers it is still important to find things that are still fun and that you can do together as a family.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 13 – Dine out.

 

Restaurants provide a fun place for brushing up on etiquette.

You may want to start with casual spots where your child will feel welcome as they practice ordering off the menu and using their indoor voice.

When they are older, they can help choose the restaurant and see this as an alternative way of doing something fun with the family instead of only thinking fun stuff can be had with their friends.

 

EVERY CHILD IS SPECIAL

TIP # 14 – Celebrate holidays.

 

Create family traditions for Christmas and Halloween.

 

Even simple practices like baking a favorite dessert can become powerful over the years.

 

In the end, you can always find ways to make your kids feel special.

Making your children feel loved and respected will help them to grow up to be happy and responsible adults.

Treasure your time together and create memories that you’ll both enjoy for years to come.

 

 

 

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