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The little things that mean a lot to children

The little things that mean a lot to children

The little moments in life very often mean so much to your children. Read some of the top ideas which will provide special memories that will last with your child forever.

  1. Encourage your child: Encouraging your child is a great method to help keep them motivated and letting them know you are proud. They may be doing well in school, or at a sport they play or it might even be them building on their confidence. By encouraging them it helps them to know they are doing well and you are recognising their hard work.
  2. Listen to them: When they are telling you a story or about something that happened in their day, make sure to really listen to what they are telling you.
  3. Ask them questions: Ask them interesting questions, you will get an insight into their minds, they would be thrilled you want to know!
  4. Let them teach you something: It might be a new game they have learnt, or something they have been learning at school.
  5. Spend time together: Don’t forget to spend some quality time together, it could be something as simple as going for a walk to your local park, or going for ice cream. It is the perfect bonding opportunity for you both.
  6. Read with them: Read a story to them, or they can read a story to you. It is also a great time to get them away from their ipads, tablets and phones and all other distractions. Encourage them to pick a book and talk about it.
  7. Be thankful: When they make you something it may be a picture, painting or cardboard cut-out. Be thankful that they have taken the time out to create you something and have thought of you when making it.
  8. Leave a note: Why not leave a note in their lunch box, or hang up a nice message in their bedroom so they can see it when they come home.
  9. Show praise if they do a chore: Praise them on how well they have done on a chore without being prompted, it could be something as little as putting their plate away after eating.
  10. Have a movie night with them: On the weekend why not treat them to a movie night, put on their favourite movie with their favourite snacks and sit back and relax together!

 

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This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

Foster Carer
Foster Carer

We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

Hannah and Kashif
Hannah and Kashif

“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

Asma
Asma

“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

Karen Thorn
Karen Thorn