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The Impact of Parental Warmth

Updated: Jan 18, 2019

Parental warmth is a significant element of successful parenting. Showing your children encouraging sentiments are linked with a better sense of worth and less behavior troubles. Several studies have shown that a child who has parents that stimulate and support them have a greater understanding and sympathy for their peers.

Parental warmth works in several manners, one way is the child’s insight of their personal ability. Parents supporting their children are an essential contributor for their confidence. Parents who show love and affection towards their children on a daily bases are setting their child up for greatness. The encouragement will help them handle conflict among other children and develop positive relationships. Building up your children with positive expressions will help them succeed in school and life.

Lack of parental warmth has all sorts of consequences especially when parents result in negative speaking and harsh punishment. Many children who lack the support and affection from their parents tend to mistreat their peers, lack empathy toward others, display aggressive behavior, and have a low self-worth.

It is very important that you talk with your children daily. Find something positive to tell them and compliment them on a daily basis. Hug your children and express your love for them; hugging your children shows them how much you love them. Reward them for their good behavior. Children love praise it heightens their self-worth.

Here are some techniques you can utilize throughout your day.

Verbal Interaction

  • Ask your children what their dreams were about last night.

  • Tell your children you love them before they leave for school or the house for the day.

  • When your children return home ask about their day.

  • How was your day?

  • Was your day good or bad, why?

  • Who did you interact with today?

  • What happened today that was exciting or boring?

  • Give them praise for good behavior, completed homework, and chores.

  • Depending on age, read them bedtime stories.

  • Say your prayers together before bed.

Physical Interaction

  • Hug your children when they get up in the morning.

  • Kiss your children before they leave home.

  • Depending on age allow them to sit in your lap.

  • Rub their hair when they are talking to you about their day.

  • Give them a high five when they do a great job on a task.

  • Kiss them good night.

Spiritual Reflection …and these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)

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