One of the key jobs for a parent is to create a safe and stable environment for the kids. When they feel safe they have freedom to grow, test boundaries, and explore. Otherwise, they are consumed by fear and anxiety. Here are 10 ways to make your child feel secure.
Give Your Time
The most important aspect of having a child feel secure is giving them your time. Real-time talking, sharing, laughing, and learning. Time = Security.
Children need affection from a father as much as (if not more than) the affection from their mother. A gentle hug, a kiss on the forehead, or holding hands as you walk together show kids you love them. In regards to child development, affection makes a world of difference.
When we praise our children it builds their self-esteem and self-worth. When it’s warranted, always be sure to praise them loudly and proudly. Your verbal encouragement will provide the security they require to flourish.
Consistently Hold Boundaries
Children test limits repeatedly. When you enforce boundaries, you make them feel secure. It’s like double checking a locked door—you know it’s locked, but checking again makes you feel safer. Being consistent shows your children that you care for them deeply.
Listen To Them