Do you know how to express love to your children?
Not just for Valentine's Day, but all year round?
It's not easy for every parent. While some moms and dads constantly reinforce love, others may have a hard time saying those three little words often enough.
But it's essential to say, "I love you" to children of all ages, early and often.
You should also use plenty of positive words with your child and try to avoid using sarcasm. Children often don't understand it, and if they do, it creates a negative interaction.
Some more tips? Respond promptly and lovingly to your child's physical and emotional needs and banish put-downs from your parenting vocabulary. And, be available to listen to your child when he/she wants to talk with you, even if it's an inconvenient time.
Make an extra effort to set a good example at home and in public. Use words like "I'm sorry," "please," and "thank you."
In this segment, Dr. Corinn Cross offers suggestions like these and more.