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Emotional fuel for your children

September 20, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…                                                                                                                          

In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says,
“Maybe the most important thing that parents do is respond to their child’s emotional needs. Your child needs to be able to draw emotional fuel from you in order to grow up psychologically healthy and happy” (p. 39).

In other words…

We are the most important source of light and hope in our children’s lives. They feed off the energy we radiate. When we drag into their lives the stress and pain of our lives, we cannot provide the energy and interaction they need. In contrast, when we set aside our burdens and think how much we cherish our children, we can look to their needs and become life-giving sources of light.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life. . . . .

Every time your child calls you into his or her world, do a quick assessment. Are you prepared to offer emotional fuel to a child who needs love and encouragement? If not, reach into your soul to find the energy to be fully available for your child.

To find out more…

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