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7 Ways to Have Meaningful Contact with Your Child

One of the primary ways to demonstrate unconditional love with your child is through various forms of contact.  Shown below are 7 ways to establish meaningful contact with your child. 

1. Physical contact.  Affection is the cement to a relationship and your child thrives on physical touch.

2. Eye contact.  The best attentive listening happens through continual eye connection.

3. Time contact.  Time equals love so love your child by spending daily time together.

4. Meal contact.  Meals at the table not only strengthen a parent-child bond but also provide a time for establishing values. 

5. Prayer contact. Regularly pray with your child: in the morning, in the car, at meals, before bedtime, etc.

6. Monthly date contact.  Plan a one-on-one monthly date with your child outside the home. 

7. Activity contact.  Regularly enjoy activities together like playing catch, riding a bike, going to the movies, shooting baskets, building with Legos, hitting golf balls, etc.

Today:  Implement these seven contact ideas as well as create your own meaningful contact action plan.

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7 Ways to Value Your Child

Value is one of the best synonyms for love.  Parents who value their child will develop a responsible decision-making adult one day.  Shown below are seven essentials for valuing a child. 

1. Live your Christian faith.  A parent has the privilege to be a faith example through regular worship, daily prayer life, and godly words and actions.

2. Regular chores.  Give simple work for your child but make it happen regularly.  Work builds both self-confidence and self-worth. 

3. Listen attentively.  Listen closely by reflecting back what your child tells you.

4. Compliment effort more than correct errors. Positive words encourage while hurtful, critical words discourage.

5. Take misbehavior seriously.  Never just “smile” or even laugh when your child makes a mistake but let misbehavior be a teaching lesson through consequences or taking away privileges.

6. Have one on one time.  Focused one on one contact will make a significant difference in your child’s emotional and developmental well-being. 

7. Value by never devaluing your child.  Sarcasm, hurtful teasing, ridicule, not spending time together, etc. will damage your child’s self-worth.  Instead, communicate a constant belief in your child’s abilities and help them achieve their goals. 

Today:  Implement these seven ideas along with your own wonderful skills and tools for valuing your child.    

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7 Essentials For Helping Your Child Academically  

An underachiever is a student whose school performance, typically measured by grades, is substantially poorer than what parents would expect on the basis of ability or intelligence tests. Unfortunately, underachievers often develop a poor self-concept.  Based upon research, shown below are seven characteristics of healthy parents who helped their child succeed academically. 

 1.         Read with their child daily.

 2.         Provide library books and other reading materials in the home.

 3.         Provide stimulating educational games on the computer, tablet, etc.

 4.         Have a healthy balance with educational and leisure “screen” time.

 5.         Use praise, not money, and encouragement when rewarding effort and improvement.     

 6.         Provide many life experiences and opportunities for success.

 7.         Affirm and appreciate their child on a daily basis.

 Today:  Begin using these 7 essential behaviors to help your child succeed academically. 

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7 Ways To Build Confidence In Your Child  

Regularly everyone, including your child, has setbacks and disappointments but what makes a difference in the response is a determined, never give up attitude!   Handling the challenges of life with a determined spirit requires that your child have confidence.    Shown below are 7 ways to build confidence in your child.

1.         Verbally affirm your child often with two phrases:  “I am proud of you” and “I believe in  you.”

2.         Help your child understand mistakes and setbacks are tremendous opportunities to learn even more and grow. 

3.         Teach your child to look for solutions when problems arise.  There are always solutions!

4.         Teach your child the importance of asking for help from others when looking for a solution.

5.         Stress to your child that focusing on the now, the present, is all that matters and that is what is within their control. Make a masterpiece of today!

6.         When you have a setback, model how well you handle that challenge.

7.         Every morning, have your child say aloud the affirmation, “I can and I will today!”

Today:  Begin implementing these 7 ways to build confidence in your child. 

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