What do your children see when they step into the room?
Do you light up like a Christmas tree at the sight of their little faces? Do they make your heart dance?
What words do you use to praise their accomplishments?
I think it's important that we as parents make the effort to be a more conscious in our children's lives, to be a more conscious spouses as well. How often do we take special time out to verbally acknowledge what they have done and tell them why what they have done was so positive for you? I admit that sometimes I get lost in the "good jobs" when it comes to my kids and "thanks" when it comes to my husband.
"Thank you hun for doing the dishes. I really enjoyed being able to relax at the end of the day"
"Thank you for helping your brother to find his shoes, that was very sweet and kind."
Yes, I love the sound of those so much better than one word responses.