ABC’s of Summer

The Hopkins Early Childhood Staff wish you a safe, playful and peaceful summer. Enjoy your children and revel in your time together as a family. As you make time to drift lazily through the long days, author Meiji Stewart has created a delightful way to help you remember all the important parts of parenting:

Children Need:

Appreciation…for all they bring into our lives
Balance…somewhere between too little and too much
Commitment…it’s the little things we do each day that matter
Dreams…to touch the future
Empathy…remember what it was like to be a child
Family, Friends…everyone needs someone to love
Guidance…actions speak louder than words
Healthy Habits…to nurture body, mind and spirit
Inspiration…to explore beauty, wonder and mystery
Joy…sprinkle laughter and happiness daily
Kindness…to learn to care for others as they are cared for
Limits…set boundaries and consequences together
Mentors…to give wings to their aspirations
Nature…to delight in rainbow butterflies and shooting stars
Opportunities…to discover what truly makes their hearts sing
Play…the work of childhood
Quiet Time…to recharge their batteries
Responsibilities…to build self esteem and self confidence
Security…feeling safe is essential for growth
Traditions…keep the family tree alive and sprout new branches
Unconditional Love…for who they are, not for what they do
Values…live yours and encourage them to find theirs
Words of Encouragement…you can do it, I believe in you
XOXOXOXO’s…hug and kiss them each and every day
You…your presence more than your presents
zzzzzzzzzzzzz…a good night sleep

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