By Raphie Jacobs
A child’s actions often speak more loudly than words.
And the action that speaks the loudest is where they go when you are near. It says so much about what kind of parent you are if they stay close.
The message is clear, and it is simply this: You are safe.
How often do we complain about not being left alone? How many times have we said that we are touched out, have zero personal space, and can’t wait for bedtime?
In the face of a constant stream of demands for our attention, I hope that perspective can be plugged in to put a smile on your face.
Children who live in a coercive environment show responses of escape, avoidance, and once they get older, to fight back. They often withdraw into a part of the house that is as far away from the parent as possible or leave the home all together.
Safe children flock to parents. Safe children tug at clothing. Safe children can’t wait for attention.
The skill a loving parent must learn is to smile, not frown. Take great joy in the fact that your children need you so badly. Listen carefully to what your children’s feet tell you. Find peace in knowing that if they come running your message of love to them was heard loud and clear.
Say to yourself, “I’m a safe place for children to go. And it’s wonderful.”
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