TIME: Time to really laugh, time to play, time to bake cookies, time to go to library and get books for bedtime stories. time to walk around the park, go to the zoo, play with friends and family.
HUGS/ SMILES: Lots of hugs and smiles when everything else is going crazy. You give a smile and you get a smile back. Everyone needs at least 10 hugs a day to grow and thrive. Take time to have a “Family Hug” especially in the morning and definitely before bedtime. This will help send away all the negative feelings of the day. Better dreams will happen.
LISTENING EAR: Turn off your cell phone, twitter, texting, and TV. Give me a chance to talk with you about “stuff”. Sometimes I need to know you are there for me. This means I don’t have to resort to screaming, tantrums, and other most annoying behaviors. Just listen before getting upset! Just really listen.
APPRECIATION AND RESPECT: Just because I am little I still would like you to know how I feel. I like to hear you talk with your friends and “boss” in such a pleasant way. I appreciate your quiet pleasant tones especially when I am being really a pain in the neck. If you take time to show me respect and appreciation, you will probably get the same response from me. I learn how to behave by observing and listening to the adults around me If Grown ups use “thank you” and ”your welcome” naturally I will think it is cool too and make it a practice myself.
FUN: This is when we are really enjoying each other. When I feel that I am very special to you. I am so willing to help you with the chores. This gives me time to show you I can learn new things every day. I know I get in the way and sometimes make more messes but remember this is how I learn. I think of working with you as play now. If you don’t want to have me volunteer no ,remember when I am older I might not be so willing and then the “grumpies” and new challenges begin.
I Love You!
P. S. Just in case, please tell Santa I have been REALLLLLLY good and have a long list of the other stuff I would like to have too!