Research shows that the more affection we show children, the better it is for their self-esteem. In the case of babies and toddlers it is also vital as it has a major impact on the development of their social and emotional brains. By offering loving actions each day, your connection with your child will deepen and develop a strong bond. Here is a list of activities, suggested by developmental psychologists, that will support you in expressing your love on a daily basis as a positive parent:
• Perform a simple, personalised ritual. For example: morning hug after waking up, dad/mum dance when one of the parents returns from work, etc.
• Show affection by giving plenty of hugs.
• Engage in a deep conversation. Ask questions and answer your child’s questions.
• Slow down to connect with your child, even for a few moments.
• Show trust and respect by entrusting your child with a simple task.
• Show acceptance by allowing your child to perform a simple task without detailed directions and constant control.
Some of these may not come across as obvious forms of affection to you as a positive parent, but they can really help give your child the affection they really need. A mix of physical affection like hugs with trust and respect will go a long way to helping your child develop into a resilient and happy adult. There are more ways you can show affection as a positive parent to your toddler:
• Notice their constructive behaviour and reinforce it with a specific compliment.
• Actively listen with a genuine intention to understand the story your child is telling.
• Engage in quality time, play together, have fun.
• Show availability and affection when your child expresses a need.
• Honestly explain why you are busy when you’re not available to attend to their needs.
• Express affection by saying, “I love you.”
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