To go deeper on the topic of nourishing and cherishing, see What Speaks Love to Your Man? and Do Your Kids Feel Valued?
I remember walking home from school with my friend Jill, knowing our mothers would be waiting for us with their questions. As a kid, I appreciated the genuine interest our moms showed.
I now understand that it may be natural for mothers to cherish their children, but it takes diligence to create nourishing interactions with them. Consider nurturing your relationship with your children through conversation:
Ask curious questions
Ask questions of your children when they are young and it will make them feel comfortable with questions as they get older.
Express an interest
Build connections by learning about the things your kids enjoy — questions about friendship, faith, grades and athletics will all nourish relationship.
Engage in two-way conversations
Encourage kids to both listen and speak, by sharing your beliefs and affirmation with your kids, and by allowing them to ask questions.
Dr. Kathy Koch is the co-author of No More Perfect Kids.
Copyright © 2014 by Dr. Kathy Koch. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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