Wonderful Ways to Love a Child

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Conari Press, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 160 pages
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Wonderful Ways to Love a Child helps busy, stressed-out parents engage in positive parenting. With her trademark mix of inspiration and psychology, parenting expert Judy Ford shares essential tools and handy how-tos that will help readers put love into action to give their children the best start in life. Sixty two-page essays offer practical suggestions gleaned from Ford's thirty years of working with families and true stories from many different kinds of families. Addressing the difficulties of tears, anger, exhaustion, and myriad other woes, Ford teaches parents how to shift their focus from hardships and mishaps to joy and shared experiences of growth and love. Chapters include "Listen from Your Heart," "Encourage Encourage," "Admit Your Mistakes," and "Teach Values by Example." With honesty and humor, Wonderful Ways to Love a Child will help parents build strong, nurturing, loving families.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
Parenting with Loving Actions
5
Essence
11
Really Love Yourself
13
Allow Them to Love Themselves
15
Learn About Parenting
17
Handle with Care
19
Give Your Presence
21
Fly Kites Together
79
Lighten Up
81
Take Time Away
83
Read Books Aloud
85
Create a Circle of Quiet
87
Play Hooky Together
89
Walk in the Rain
91
Go Barefoot
93

Listen from Your Heart
23
Speak Kindly
25
Encourage Encourage
27
Try to Understand
29
Answer Their Questions
31
Ask Their Opinions
33
Leam from Them
35
Say Yes as Often as Possible
37
Say No When Necessary
39
Honor Their Noes
41
Celebrate Mistakes
43
Admit Your Mistakes
45
Touch Gently
47
Teach That All Feelings Are Acceptable
49
Speak to Their True Feelings
51
Let Them Cry
53
Dont Hide Your Tears
55
Make Room for the Crankies and the Quarrels
57
Teach Values by Example
59
Honor Their Differences
61
Share Your Dreams
63
Expressions
67
Change Your Routine
69
Laugh Dance and Sing Together
71
Call Them Love Names
73
Send Them Love Leiters
75
Build Lots of Blanket Forts
77
Frame Their Art and Hang It on the Wall
95
Stay Up Late Together
97
Delight in Silliness
99
Splash a Lot
101
Giggle
103
Keep Messes in Perspective
105
Enjoy Dinner Together
107
Brag About Them
109
Generate Family Festivals
111
Thank Them for the Liitle Things
113
Esprit
117
Focus on the Joy They Bring
119
Believe in Possibilities
121
Open Up to the Miracle of Transformation
123
Remember That They Have Not Been on the Earth Very Long
125
Marvel at How They Are Growing
127
Let Them Help
129
Cherish the Innocence
131
Listen for the Spiritual Language
133
Build FamilyFriendly Neighborhoods
135
Let Go When Its Time
137
Let Them Come Back
139
Show Them Compassion and Ask for Theirs
141
Protect All Our Children
143
Keep Them in Your Hearts and in Your Prayers
145
About the Author
147
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With over half a million copies of her books in print, Judy Ford, M.S.W. is the best-selling author of Conari's "Wonderful Ways" books, which include Wonderful Ways to Love a Teen, Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Wonderful Ways to Be a Family, Wonderful Ways to Love a Grandchild, and Wonderful Ways to Be a Stepparent. Co-author with her daughter Amanda of Between Mother & Daughter, she lives in Washington state.

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