You can build positive childhood experiences: Look. Listen. Love. Learn.
- Take the time to talk with your child, even when you think she doesn’t understand your words yet.
- Create routines and boundaries for your child so that he can be healthy and secure.
- Listen to your child.
- Think that all of her feelings are important.
- Accept and expect your child to make mistakes.
- Strive to understand and respond to your child’s feelings.
- Think about what your child needs before you think about your own needs.
- Look your child in the eye when you talk to her.
- Try to comfort your child whenever he seems to be in distress.
- Try to get your child’s cooperation rather than seeking control.
- Keep your voice calm when talking to your child.
- Compliment your child’s accomplishments.
- Understand that your worth as a person is not dependent on your child.
- Know your child is an individual who is different from all other children.
- Know that your child will learn to get along with others by being with others.
- Believe teaching your child new skills is better than punishing.
- Calm yourself when frustrated.
- Tell your child that she is loved and lovable.
Learn more about how these positive experiences build a foundation of optimal childhood development and adult flourishing by exploring Behavior Checker and the book, Discipline with Love and Limits.