It is not rocket science but when your child is grizzling it normally means their ’emotional tank’ is running empty. We get frustrated and cross with the bad behaviour but that is the gauge showing the level of their tank and we need to step back and review. It’s time to refill the tank and hopefully keep it topped up. Children (and adults) receive love in five ways and these are called The Five Love Languages. They are affirming words, affectionate touch, time, small gifts and actions. The way we feel most loved may not be the way our child feels most loved so we need to discover their top ‘love language’. This week on The Parenting Course we focussed on words and touch. Praise and affirmation will build children up and I want to give specific encouragement to each of my children daily. Touch is easy when they are little or if it comes naturally to you but as they grow older or if you are not demonstrative then practice and be deliberate about giving cuddles. At least 12 hugs a day is recommended!
If you want to know more about The Parenting Course, click on this link to read my initial post about the course.