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Posted on 07-31-2018

Heart-Strong Parenting

by Deborah Shouse

Incorporating love throughout the day keeps a child’s tank full. Consider these tips from love languages expert Gary Chapman.

Physical Touch – Get Close

     Greet the child with a hug

     Stroke her hair while she talks about a challenging day

     Snuggle while watching TV

Affirmations – Encouraging Words

     Put a positive note in the child’s lunch box

     Appreciate something the child did or said

     Create an encouragement jar, with praising words to use as needed

Quality Time – Periods of Undivided Attention

     Ask a specific question about their day that elicits discussion

     Schedule a date with each child

     Create something together, like a photo album

Gifts – Tangible Expressions of Love

     Make a special meal or dessert; maybe do it together

     Have some small gifts the child can choose from as rewards for positive actions

     Seek natural gifts, like a special feather, stone or flower

Acts of Service – Volunteered Assistance

     Ask, “How can I help you today?”

     Help a child repair a broken toy or resolve a challenge

     Do a family service project together

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