What brightens your world or adds sunshine to your life? Maybe it is a co-worker who can turn any day into a smile. Maybe it is a walk in the woods on a cool fall day. Maybe it is hugging your children to bed each night. Our children can be, despite challenging, some of our best moments. Through the hugs, smiles, cute comments, and Kisses, nothing brightens your day like a child.
When you study and learn what brings your child sunshine, take the opportunity to pay back! Find out what makes their sunshine at different times of the day. Their morning sunshine may be different than their weekend sunshine. Watch them, study them, and learn how you can make them happy. In 2016, childhood can be complex. Finding time to be your child's sunshine will bring them resilience and strengthen your bond.
An additional effect of being your child's sunshine is learning. When parents encourage and engage in their children's interest, the children do better in school. Their language blossoms. Their listening comprehension soars. Their math and reading skills bloom. Children who are continually engaged with a close, secure adult relationship are happier and better able to cope with the demands of school.
The link below provides more ideas for how to study your child.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.