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Motherhood Matters: 3 unbelievably simple parenting ideas that work

By April Perry, Power of Moms

Published: Mon, July 21 6:00 a.m. MDT

 Try implementing these three simple tips in your family.

Try implementing these three simple tips in your family.

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My friend Tricia recently took some parenting classes when she certified to become a foster parent.

“What did they teach you?” I asked.

She only had time to discuss a few of her many pearls of wisdom, but three of her tips have already made a huge difference in my mothering.

So now I’m sharing them with you.

You can either click here to listen to a four-minute podcast of our conversation, or you can read the synopsis below.

1. Children need a minimum of eight touches during a day to feel connected to a parent.

If they’re going through a particularly challenging time, it’s a minimum of 12 a day. This doesn’t have to be a big deal; it could be the straightening of a collar, a pat on the shoulder or a simple hug.

2. Each day, children need one meaningful eye-to-eye conversation with a parent.

It is especially important for babies to have that eye contact, but children of all ages need us to slow down and look them in the eyes.

3. There are nine minutes during the day that have the greatest impact on a child:

  • the first three minutes right after they wake up
  • the three minutes after they come home from school
  • the last three minutes of the day before they go to bed
We need to make those moments special and help our children feel loved.

These are simple, right? Nothing really earth-shattering here.

But try it. For a month. And then I think you’ll see what I’m talking about. I honestly didn’t realize how much I could improve in this area, and though I still have lots of room for improvement, I can see myself becoming a better mom.

This article is courtesy of Power of Moms, an online gathering place for deliberate mothers.

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1. my_two_cents_worth
university place, WA,
July 21, 2014

What a silly headline. The suggestion in the title that these three simple things can only be handled by "mothers" is ludicrous.

2. jeanie
orem, UT,
July 21, 2014

The Power of Moms is a group of women who regularly contribute articles to this paper. The title of the article includes an acknowledgement of a regular contributor and then the title of the actual article "3 Unbelievably Simple .....Parenting...Ideas That Work". I doubt they mean these are only for moms.

My husband is better than I am at making contact with each child when he comes home after work. He'll climb the stairs and search until he's said "hello" to each of them.