Parenting isn't easy. So having helpful tips to better educate you while you are learning to be a parent always comes in handy! Here are 5 tips on how to make your child feel more important.
Ask them question about their day. If we, as adults, feel important when someone asks us about our day, wouldn't your child feel important as well if you did the same to him/her? Although you probably know much about what is happening in your child's day to day, it's important to ask them how their day is going. Simple questions such as "how were you feeling today", "what did you learn today", and "did you do anything that made you happy or sad today?"can make your child feel important.
Engage in activities with them. All your child wants is for someone to play with them. That someone is usually their parent(s). You are your child's first friend, so engage in activities with them. Colour with them, play cars with them, educate them in fun ways. Children appreciate having their parents pay attention to them. It also makes them feel wanted.
Give them the respect you want them to give to you. This is so important. You child learns from you. If you want your child to listen when you are saying something, then start by listening to them when they are telling you something. Show respect to earn respect.
Ask them for their opinions. It makes your child feel very special when you ask them for their opinions. They want to know that they matter just as much as mommy or daddy do when they are making a big decisions. Plus, this will allow your child to feel included and a part of the family he/she is growing within.
Apologize when you do something wrong. Again, seeing is learning. You as a parent have the responsibility to teach your kids good manners. Your child is like a blank slate, they come into this world only knowing one thing, and that's you. So, when you make a mistake, apologize for it. This teaches your child how to apologize when he/she makes a mistake. Your child has feelings too, so acknowledging that when you are wrong can assure them that they are important to you.
So there you have it - 5 simple things that you can do to make your child feel important. Parenting is never easy. No one was born to be a mom or dad, you just learn to be the best one you can ever be. You are doing a great job in mastering the art of being a good parent!