Find a small way to show your child affection every day

Why it Matters

  • Showing your child affection and praise are quick and free things you can do each day.

  • You can show affection and praise when your child wakes up in the morning, as your child gets ready, when saying good-bye, during meals, at playtime, or at bedtime.

  • Affection is part of being a warm parent, which has many benefits for young children.

    • For example, warm parenting helps children form good friendships.

  • Praise is a way to show your child approval.

  • Giving praise for specific behavior can lead to your child doing that behavior more.

  • Praising children's effort and hard work will help them learn to be motivated and believe that effort pays off.