Monday, July 20, 2009

Ordinary Days?

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By Dr Bill Maier

Kids need parents as much as they need air and water.

Our acceptance and approval are critical to their sense of self-worth.

That's why it's important to look for opportunities to connect with our kids, and build into their future.

Use mornings as a time of encouragement.

Experts say that the first five minutes you spend with your child are the most important, so don't take that time lightly.

Give them a big hug and a hearty smile, and let that set the tone for the entire day.

After school, ask them how their studies went.

Talk to them about whatever is on their mind, whether it's sports or friends, or even girls.

And listen.

This is how you get to know what's going on in their world.

Finally, put them to bed with a hug, and another word of encouragement.

From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 16-Jul-2009

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