Valentine’s Tips for Parents: Ways to Show Love to Your Child

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Do you know how to express love to your children? It can make them more confident and loving adults.
Air Date: 2/12/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Valentine’s Tips for Parents: Ways to Show Love to Your Child
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.
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