Paying special attention to a child helps boost his/her
self-esteem and creates memories you'll both cherish forever. Here are some
great tips to help
your little ones feel special.
1. Make a big deal
out of little achievements. Those little things are important too - like getting
a star in school, doing well in sports, getting chores done well. Have
little cards or inexpensive gifts around to present to your child for a job well
done! Or take him/her out for an ice cream cone or something similar.
2. If you have more
than one child, it's essential you make time for each child individually.
An easy way to do this is have your family or friends watch the siblings once a
week while one child is taken out for some "Special Time" with the parents.
Rotate each child weekly.
3. Share some funny
stories of your childhood. Make sure you add some of your failures and how you
overcame them. Laugh about your some of your biggest goofs and let the
child feel he/she is being let in on a special secret.
4. Create a
mini-museum. Don't just use the refrigerator to display your child's artwork or
schoolwork. Create a small area in one of the rooms just for special
display. Let the child decide what to display and change the exhibits
5. Make lasting
memories. Let your child create a special scrapbook of his own. Get them started
by printing his name on the cover. On the first page, write a little note
recalling a funny story about him or a moment when you felt especially proud to
be his parent. Paste in a photograph of the two of you having fun together. Make
sure you ask to see his scrapbook often and he'll proudly display his work.
6. Have a surprise
"Just Because" party. Make a fancy cake and write Happy Just Because on
it. Celebrate with games, party favors and other treats to eat. Invite a few of
her friends or other family members to join in the festivities.
7. Ask your child to
make a list of everything he would like to do or see - like visit a museum, go
to the zoo, see a movie, go to the mall, etc. As a family, try to tack one or
two a month.
8. Devote at least
one day a month to your child. Do all his favorite things - go to the
park, eat what he likes, etc. Let him choose!
9. Take silly photos
together in a photo booth whenever you can and display in a special photo album.
10. Sealed with a Kiss -
Mail a homemade card to your child. Make a collage of her favorite things
on the front and inside write a message or poem to let her know how terrific she
11. Compliment your child
in public and make sure he hears you. Whether it's for a job well done, an act
of kindness or just a funny story - hearing you talk about him lets him
know how much you care.
12. Make a funny video
together. Tell jokes or funny stories, sing songs, recite poetry or just
be silly. If you don't have video camera, record a cassette tape or take
pictures to keep in your special album.