These little sponges take up a lot in a little amount of time. Show them the world.
Take them to the library, the bookstore, the zoo, a museum
This could be a post entitled take them anywhere, so use your judgment when determining where your children go. But the point being, expose them to what the world has to offer. There are tons of free child events that happen in your town, take them. Not just for their sake, but for yours as well. Just don’t forget the snacks/diapers.
Play with them
Dedicate time at home to play with them. It doesn’t have to be for long, but let your child know that you care about them and them only, and not have it attached to an event outside of the home.
I know it sounds weird to talk about yourself in a post dedicated to children. But really, love yourself. Love where you are in life, love what you do for your children and don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect. Because life happens. Because if you have a strong, healthy love of yourself, your children will have a strong healthy love of themselves. It starts from the teacher. Teach them by living the example you want them to emulate.
Read to them
It’s self-explanatory, but a child who has been read to at an early age, becomes a child who loves to read. Show them that reading is cool, and worthwhile and important. Don’t raise your child to the Ipad. I know it’s cool to see your 3 month old baby unlock your computer and turn on their game, but it’s even cooler to see your 2 year old child pick up a book and read because he knows how and because mommy and daddy have read to him since he was born.
Give them a hug/Give them a kiss
Young children have emotions too. Show them that you love them by hugging them when they wake up, when you drop them off at daycare/school, when you pick them up and when you put them to bed. Hug them when they do something they are really proud of, hug them when they accomplish a goal they set for themselves, hug them when they don’t expect it. The same goes for the kiss.
So here is my list of things you should do around children. What do you think? Did I leave out anything important? If so add it to the list in the comments section!