Motherly Kindness: How to Show the Love We Feel


4. When your child is settling down after homework is done, dinner is over, and the TV is on. Set the laundry aside and even the dishes and sit by her side and watch the show for the half hour with her. Discuss the sit-com or cartoon with a few laughs or discuss the characters’ feelings. These moments of kindness give attention to your child’s interests that may just give her an extra good night sleep.

Extra Kindness Builds the Parent-Child Bond

Each mother shows kindness in her own unique way with her own unique child. It’s part of her demonstration of Parental Intelligence. You will spontaneously have your own ideas of ways to show your love with kind acts.

You will see how those kind acts:

• settle your child
• give him or her a sweet feeling of calm
• support self-esteem
• build self-confidence and
• provide immense parenting rewards.

We try to so hard to do the right thing, make the important decisions, guide our children wisely, but sometimes the small acts of kindness reveal love in everyday life that reminds our kids on a daily basis how much we not only love them, but like them, too.

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst who developed the concept of Parental Intelligence that she writes about for Moms Magazine.

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Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst and author who does psychotherapy with infants and parents, children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Hollman’s new book: Unlocking Parental Intelligence: Finding Meaning in Your Child’s Behavior is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and She writes about infant, child and adolescent development, mental health, Parental Intelligence, and a broad range of parenting topics.


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