showing love to children


Gentle Moments
by Dionna Sanchez
I watched a videotape the other day. It was of my daughter’s first year of life. I got tears in my eyes, as I relived treasured moments. It reminded me of how quickly we race through life. We forget to set aside time to relish things on a regular basis.  <more...>

The Greatest Hour of My Life
By Carl Caton
The day began as just another Sunday. It was a warm spring afternoon. One of those gems when you are not planning to do anything. <more...>

5 Creative Ways to Show a Child Love
by Melissa Howell
In the fast paced, high-tech, high stress world we live in today we often don’t take the time to let our children know how much we love them and what they mean to us. <more...>

The Power of Notes
by Dionna Sanchez
I am a strong believer in the power of encouragement. I have experienced what it can do first-hand.

When I was growing up my mom used to leave me notes quite often. They would offer love on a tough day, or just reaffirm my potential and validation as a special person. And I caught on to the power of notes.  <more...>

The Most Precious Gift to Give our Children
by Lee-Anne Robert
As a proud mother of a two-year old daughter and an eleven month old son, I already see them growing too quickly before my eyes. It makes me wonder if I am being the best parent that I can be and if I will have regrets after they have grown up of what I did and didn’t do as a parent. And I ask myself, “What is simply the best gift to give my children?” <more...>

Building Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Paul C. Holinger, M.D., M.P.H.
When a baby finds that her signals are validated and responded to appropriately—that troubles are soothed and pleasure enhanced—she begins to sense that her feelings, expressions, of her very being, are of value and important. A baby learns that she counts for something. This is the foundation of the development of

One Parent's Holiday Moment
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC
I was worried my kids wouldn’t get to bed on time. It was close to the time they’d normally get their pajamas on, but it was a special night. Tonight was the night to decorate the Christmas tree.

A Self-Less Mom 
by Dionna Sanchez
I think the most successful moms are the ones who are self-less. The ones who find it second nature to give up a warm meal; to miss their favorite show in order to watch "Princess Diaries 2" for the 7th time; the ones who have no issues with unfinished projects or never getting alone time. <more...>

Bonding With Your Baby: Ten Tips That Work
by Susan Stelfox
Bonding is the loving process of forming an attachment or emotional connection with your baby. For most parents bonding is an immediate response which happens during the first hours or days of life. For your baby however, the attachment is not instant.<more...>

Fixing Dads and Self-Esteem
by Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC
Fathers are notorious for being “fixers.” When something goes wrong or isn’t working well, fathers want to jump in and fix it. This works very well for sinks, but not so well for sons and daughters. Kids who feel as though they’re being fixed a lot tend to suffer from low self-esteem.

All The Stars In The Sky
by Valerie Zilinsky
From the time my daughter started talking, stars have always played a special part in our life. She asked me an impossible question... "Mom, how much do you love me?" I searched for an answer...How can a parent possibly put those feelings into words?  <more...>

7 Powerful Ways to Show Love to Children
by Steve Brunkhorst
Our children are our most important legacy to the world. However, our love is our most important legacy to our children. Here are seven ways to show love that will help children build sturdy foundations for the future. <more...>

Defining Moments
by Dionna Sanchez
I’ve been hugging and holding my daughter a little tighter this week. You see, we had to rush her to the hospital in the middle of the night last week. And although she is fine now, I am still a bit emotional about it. It was a very traumatic experience for us.  <more...>

The Difference Between Self-Esteem And Self Righteousness
by Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
Welcome to the jungle. The quest is to raise a kid that has a good sense of self. You've been told that praise is the key but be careful because what you haven't been told is that this key can also open the door to a pack of troubles if praise is the only thing you do! <more...>

Ten Easy Steps to Great Kids Party Games
by Patricia B. Jensen
One of the most important elements of any kids birthday party is the time spent playing party games. If well planned, they can make great memories for the birthday child and guests alike, if not, they can be a minefield of problems. Don't despair - a little forethought and common sense are all that's needed to make your game time a smashing success!  <more...>

Baby Naming Tips
by Sarah Mitchell
The worst thing you could do when choosing a baby name is to rush into it. Settling for second best may affect you and your child for a lifetime! Don't commit yourself to the first name that you fancy. Keep searching until you find a name that you are 110% happy with.  <more...>

Hugs: A Parent's Secret Weapon
by Colleen Langenfeld
It has happened again.  Another summer has whizzed by. My kids are another year older.  With two children grown and another two still under my wing, I have come to appreciate my fleeting opportunity to BE THERE for my young charges. To form and nurture a lasting relationship with each of them.<more...>

"I Love You" Prizes
by Dionna Sanchez 
Many of the traditions that we implement within our families are there because we want to demonstrate our love for each other. You do something once and it ends up becoming such a big hit with everyone that it becomes a tradition; a way of saying "I love you." <more...>

Baby Heirlooms
By Dionna Sanchez
Do you sit misty-eyed at that box full of your child's precious baby things? It is so hard to get rid of items that remind you of such a magical time filled with joy and love. There are ways you can keep some of those treasured baby heirlooms, without donating <more...>

Me Happy
by Chris Zimmerman
No one who visits Darvell Bruderhof could possibly miss Sarah. A shiny-eyed girl whose jet-black hair sticks out saucily from under her safety helmet, she breaks into a wide grin at the slightest sign of attention. Whether climbing a ladder to the top of a slide or fingering a flower in the yard, she's all there, chattering a steady mix of Korean and English, brimming with energy, and chuckling with a throaty laugh that could disarm Scrooge.  <more....>

Thomas Edison Teaching Tip
by Freda J. Glatt, MA
Do you know who invented the talking doll? How about the electric vote-recorder? Would <more...>

The Food Narc 
by Tim Herrera
It’s the smugness that bothers us the most. It’s the way he looks at my wife and me as he spouts out another unsolicited nugget of newfound knowledge in know-it-all fashion. <more...>

25 Things That Really Matter When Relating To Children
by Lee Wise
In my opinion, these things matter...  1. Enjoying childlike delights before the child no longer delights in being one. <more...>

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