Sometimes as adults, we overlook the simple and small things that we do daily which mean so much to our kids. Dr Anthony P. Witham said that children “spell LOVE as T-I-M-E.” And it is time, which as grownups, we never have enough of. But just a little, undivided attention will make a child’s day. And this is crucial for all the parents planning on bringing another baby into this world. Spending time with your children reassures them that no matter how many children may be born, each one of them is special, and loved, and important.
Walking is one of the best forms of exercise and one of the best ways to spend a little time with your kids. July 7th marks a little known awareness day in America: Dad and Daughter Take a Walk Day. Take a stroll and see the world. Walk the dog or go on a nature trail? Get off the bus or subway a stop early and walk the rest of the way to school. Exercise and moving outside tends to encourage kids to talk and be more social. And they always appreciate the extra time spent with just them.
Remember that to kids, promises are very important. Too often promises aren’t kept. It’s not that as parents we want to break our word, but to a child, everything you say is a promise. Show them daily that you can keep your word and exemplify the importance of truth. Make time for your kids every day, and schedule it with them so that they have something to look forward to.
And don’t forget that as a parent, your word is the only word that matters. Positive reinforcement is immeasurably good. So praise your kids every day, every minute! Compliment their hair, their eyes, and their laugh. Tell them you love them, that they are growing so fast, that their taste in clothing is fantastic and that it is amazing they were able to coordinate polka-dots, stripes, plaid, paisley AND neon socks of different colors!
Have fun with your children and they will have fun with you. You can never say you love them too many times, and remember, the only thing that is wrong about raising kids is NOT being part of their lives. So today, dad’s around the country, take a moment, and go for a walk with your daughter. Hold her hand and let her know how much she means to you.