But what about liking them? What do you like about your children? I have been thinking about the qualities I like about Michaela and Luca lately. I have also started sharing what I like with each of them. The first time I told Michaela I liked her, her face lit up. She got a big smile and said “tank you!”. I was surprised at her reaction because she seemed taken aback. Now, I make sure to tell her a few times a day things I like about her.
I like how she’s independent–she always wants to try to do things herself.
I like how she’s not scared–she loves jumping from high places.
I like how she shares things with Luca and when they play nicely together.
I like how she reads aloud to me.
I like how she draws–she’s very concentrated and has evolved in her drawings.
I like how she eats–she eats everything and she eats well.
I like how she picks out her outfits in the morning.
I like how she enjoys new things, like her cousin’s sneakers and wore them all last week (while cousin was visiting) even though they were 2.5 sizes too big!
I like how carefree she is I like how much she loves being loved by family members. She giggles when they’re holding her or playing with her.
I like how she cleans. She loves having a rag and wiping everything down.
I like practically everything about her. Even the things that drive me crazy at times are things I like about her.
When you think about all the things you like about your child you can’t help but feel good. If those things make YOU feel good, imagine how nice it’d be to hear your mom or dad tell you those things. I’ve been telling Micha and it makes us both happy.
I tell Luca what I like about him too. The list isn’t that extensive since he doesn’t do as much as Micha but he smiles when I tell him.
This week, take time to tell your kids what you like about them. Tell your spouse too, and your friends. Everyone likes to be liked so don’t hold back in telling people what you like about them.
I like that you seek out positive parenting ideas and focus on living a positive life. It’s not always easy but being positive is the best way to be.
Have fun brightening peoples’ days!