Just a photo of Parker on the Jefferson Memorial steps
I saw these 30 things on my friend Judith's blog and I thought they were a great reminder.
Source: Hubpages; by In the Doghouse
1. When was the last time you looked deeply into your child's eyes for at least 5 seconds? There is no better way to see--or be seen, by a child. Take time to look into those eyes.
2. Really listen to your child. Don't interrupt them when they are talking, or finish sentences for them.
3. Introduce your children to people. Don't act as if they aren't there.
4. Spend time with each of your children separately. It will be an experience they never forget.
5. Hold hands with your child.
6. If you're wrong, promptly admit it, and be willing to say you're sorry and that you make mistakes sometimes.
7. Always tell your children the truth. Trust, over the years will bring it's own rewards.
8. Always give your children hello and good-bye kisses.
9. Display your child's artwork and schoolwork. That is what a refrigerator door is for. If your child makes it, cherish it.
10. Remember, if your child thinks it's important, it's important. Show them you value their opinions and ideas.
11. Respect your child's privacy.
12. Be genuinely interested in your child's day. Ask about how their day went, and let them share their triumphs and disappointments with you. Make sure you listen carefully.
13. Work on a giant jigsaw puzzle with your child.Use it as quality time to talk; and make sure the TV is off.
14. Make your home a comfortable and safe place for your children to bring their friends, even when they are teenagers.
15. Start a journal for each child when they are born. Write about special moments in their life until they can write in it themselves.
16. Do more bragging than nagging.
17. Include an unexpected love note in your child's lunch box or bag.
18.When you're away, call to tell them you miss them.
19. Share with your children the hobbies that are important to YOU.
20. If you want your children to confide in you, show them that it is safe to do so first. Don't break their confidences and share their secrets with your friends.
21. Never be embarrassed to give hugs or to say "I love you" to your children, no matter what age they are.
22. Take notice of what they like.
23. Eat meals together as a family, without the distractions of TV or cell phones.
24. Take advantage of "chauffeuring" time.
25. Carry up-to-date photos of your children in your wallet or on your cell phone. They love when you show them off.
26. PLAY with your children.
27. PRAY with your children.
28. Make it a big deal when it's your child's birthday.
29. Let your child eat from a "special plate" at mealtime when they have had an extra "good day" or accomplished something great, or maybe just because.
30. Try to attend every event, game, and performance that your child is involved in.