Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child

As a parent, I’m extremely lucky.  Although I was initially concerned about the health of my children (my son was born with an enlarged kidney and my daughter was premature) both are completely healthy.  There have been small illnesses as well as a broken bone, but nothing beyond the ordinary kid injuries and illnesses.

As they’ve gotten older, I’ve been increasingly concerned about their emotional health – especially for my little guy who is incredibly sensitive and shy.  He entered kindergarten this year, and it’s so important that he develops strong self-confidence – something that seems to be difficult for him.

My job as a parent is to make sure that my kids know that I love them unconditionally.  I praise them for all of their victories – both large and small.  I also try to cultivate their talents.  My son is an incredible artist, so I always have markers, crayons, paper, and other craft supplies on hand so he can do what he loves to do.

Thankfully, both of my kids have teachers that understand their emotional needs and how to best work with them – that’s important because it’s hard to do it on your own.

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