Parenting Positive Kids

Carmen S
You're My Star!
July 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM

All the world’s a stage - and who is the greatest star of your most favorite show? Why, that would be your kid! Every child has something unique, something that makes him special in your eyes, something that makes her your most favorite person with whom you can hang out. It can be tough, though, to let those very special people know how you feel about them, especially as they exit those cute baby years and become people in their own right. After all, it's super easy to pick up a tiny baby, cuddle her and tell her she's your most favorite person. It's a bit more difficult when that baby is a kid with body odor who has just slammed the door in your face for the third time that day. 

Ahem. Not that this has *ever* happened to me.

This week, let's take a moment to reflect upon what makes your kids the star of your life. Really focus on what makes your child unique and special, and tell them. Is it tough to do? Why not send them cards to help capture how much they mean and how they’ve helped shape your life? It doesn't have to be a card that's mailed, although that can be exciting for just about any of us to find in the mail. Rather, fill out a card for your child and leave it on her bed for her to find before she goes to sleep. Maybe prop in on the box of cereal he reaches for every morning, or leave it in the bathroom tipped against the mirror. I know that I have a stack of cards I've saved from when I was younger, and my kids do as well. It's a nice way to let someone know how special they are to you, one that they can save and use to reflect on - especially in the future tough times.

One of my kids has the quickest sense of humor I've ever seen. One is very thoughtful and does as much as he can for others. One is working more diligently than many his age, and one is struggling to figure out how to make sense of more mess than I'd ever want to tackle, and handling it with grace and courage.

What are your kids doing in their lives that is right and good and fills you with happiness? Take the time this week to let them know how you feel. What will you do to show them?



  • SabrinaLC
    July 18, 2012 at 7:29 AM

    My oldest is very friendly.  I love the fact that he is comfortable enough to go up to someone and talk to them.  Sure, there is always the 'Stranger Danger' or whatever but, at least he's not rude.  Everyone is his friend.

    My middle son is very lovey.  He loves everyone and that makes me happy.  Not all people are able to love and care for people, especially those they don't know.  I'm glad he got that from me :-)

    My youngest is only 2 so his silliness is what makes me happy.

  • hunterskysmom
    July 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM
    I have a potty broke 2 yr old expected at nights
  • countrygirlkat
    July 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    That is a great idea with the cards!  Thanks!

  • goddess99
    July 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    My dd is being good at summer camp. This is the 1st year I didn't get bad reports weekly. If she's good all week she gets to continue to go to camp and we get ice cream on Fridays.

  • KaylaMillar
    July 18, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    My oldest has been really helpful with his little sister lately!!
  • Madelaine
    July 18, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Good idea!!

  • dusky_rose
    July 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    My oldest son just had a birthday and turned 20. He doesn't like to talk with me so much, so I think I am going to make him a collage of photos of him through the years and give it to him when I see him next week.

  • .Angelica.
    July 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    my kids are 4 and 6 months. I try to tell them I love them every day no matter what.

  • daerca574
    July 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

     My daughter plays the piano so beautifully.  She has worked so hard and made it to state competition for the past 7 years.  I just love it and try to reward her for working so hard.  Sometimes $$ sometimes shopping, and sometimes just a special day with her.

  • aneela
    by aneela
    July 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    my kiddo is 5...he does really well with helping (when i ask) instead of being pouty and rude like some i have seen

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