No one has to tell you parenting is tough. At times it can be frustrating and draining. You may feel completely exhausted by 8:30 am and don’t know how you’ll make it through another 14 hours with all of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, soccer practices, on top of your regular 9 to 5.
But at the same time, you feel rewarded for all of your hard work every time your child brings home an “A” on a project you know they worked so hard on or helped a sibling clean their play space without being prompted. You’ve never laughed harder than the time you caught your two little ones engaged in a very serious, life-contemplating topic like popsicles when they were in the other room.
Their Smiles Brighten Everything
There are ups and downs to parenting, but no matter how low the valleys get, they will never compare to the mountains that reach to the sky.
There’s a key to parenting, really, and it has nothing at all to do with teaching your kids responsibility and discipline; it has everything to do with love.
Yes, you love your children more than life itself and they know that, but do they feel loved?
Keeping Their Love Tank Full Is The Key
The truth is, above everything else, that’s the key to good parenting: your children feeling loved.
Not only is it the single most important thing when it comes to raising your child, it can also make your job as a parent go much smoother.
In the book The 5 Love Languages of Children, Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell write:
“The prime cause of anger and misbehavior is an empty love tank.”
What Is Your Child’s Love Language?
“Keeping children’s love cup (emotional fuel tank) filled is the key to effective parenting. When children feel loved and connected, they care about what we need and feel. It is only when children care about what we need and feel that they respond to parental guidance. When children are low on emotional fuel, they become anxious, stressed, and angry.”
This advice isn’t just for small children either, it goes for a child of any age – even in adulthood. Think about your relationship with your own parents. Doesn’t this apply to you as well?
They Know You Love Them But Do They Feel Loved?
Your child knows you love them, but there’s a difference between knowing and feeling.
We know yelling at our kids isn’t beneficial to them or us, but it happens, even to the best parents. Our lives are busy and oftentimes we are preoccupied with something that distracts us enough that we quickly lose our patience with our four-year-old when they interrupt us from our important task.
We know that using praise and compliments instead of snapping at them makes our children feel better, but it’s easier said than done.
We have the five simple sure-fire ways to make sure your children feel loved, starting with the most obvious and inexpensive way…
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