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Intentional affection

October 11, 2013

Here’s a great idea…
In his book, The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting, Laurence Steinberg says,
“As your child moves into the preschool years…you have to make a more conscious effort to express your affection physically as well as verbally.” (p. 32)

In other words…
As babies and toddlers grow older and become more independent, a parent’s opportunity for showing affection changes. Children are less likely to be in our lap and depending on us all day long. We need to be aware of this shift and make a conscious effort to show affection to our children throughout their lives.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life. . .
Establish traditions of affection such as hugs of greeting and farewell. Tell your child a story or sing a song at bedtime. Get down on the floor and play together. Look in their eyes and tell them how much you love them. Find the ways that work best for each child.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey, Getting Our Hearts Right, or See the World Through My Eyes programs, like us on Facebook or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The 10 Basic Principles of Good Parenting.

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