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In Honor of Valentine's Day, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Offers 10 Tips to Create a Loving Environment for Children

Valentine's Day is a perfect time of year to show children the importance of love and relationships in their lives. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh offers parenting tips for families to help create a more loving environment for children on Valentine's Day and all year long.

1. Children first learn about relationships from their parents. Kids who are loved at home are able to share love and affection with others. Be affectionate with children.

2. As your children grow, continue to share your love with them. It is natural for parents to give babies and toddlers a lot of physical attention, but it is also important to be affectionate with your older children.

3. Tell your children that you love them. Just as adults like to hear how much they are loved, children also need affirmation that their parents cherish them.

4. Appreciate the special moments in your daily lives. Think of routine tasks as opportunities to bond with your children. Sitting together reading books can be a time to feel close with your kids.

5. Teach your children how to maintain friendships by setting an example in your own adult relationships. Be loving and respectful with your spouse or partner, and your children will learn to act positively toward the important people in their lives.

6. Listen and talk to your children regularly. Good communication helps relationships grow. When you listen, your children learn how to listen and manage their emotions.

7. Try to spend time together as a family each week. Whether you're enjoying a Sunday dinner, bike-riding, or playing board games at home, have fun together.

8. Spend some one-on-one time with each child on a regular basis. Each child is unique, and praising children's distinct qualities enhances their sense of self-worth. When children feel valued, they are better able to handle problems and conflicts.

9. If you live apart or do not see your children every day, keep in touch with them by phone, e-mail, or letters. Let them know they are an important part of your life.

10. Set a positive tone when you interact with your kids. Being part of a loving family helps children feel good about themselves and gives them confidence.

Learn more about Children's Community Education Classes.

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
Melanie Finnigan, 412-692-5502 or 412-692-5016,

Last Update
February 18, 2008
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Last Update
February 18, 2008