Spending Quality Time With Your Kids
As we continue to spend more and more time with our children during these uncertain times, one of the many silver linings is the opportunity to learn and understand who they are. The abundance of time we have together, in the absence of many of our normal activities, allows the space to understand the true uniqueness of each of our children. Understanding who they are, allows us to support them fully; and it also creates a framework for their own self-esteem, self-worth, and self-acceptance. Observing them, talking to them, honoring their individuality, and sincerely praising them are excellent ways to learn more about your child and help them develop their own positive sense of self. Sit back and watch them… what do they like to play with, how do they play, what makes them frustrated, what new skills do they have? Ask them questions and listen carefully to their answers… what are their thoughts, feelings and interests? Share with them your thoughts and experiences in return. Reflect on what you’ve learned about your child, share your observations with them, and encourage them with your sincere praise, high fives, pats on the back, and hugs. If you need parenting support, please call your primary doctor or make a telemedicine appointment with Dr. Sara Hoffenberg.