It’s great to be a kid! At least, it should be, and that’s the idea behind International Children’s Day. In 1925, delegates at the World Conference for the Well-being of Children proclaimed June 1 as a day dedicated to promoting the rights, health, and happiness of kids everywhere. Why not celebrate the day by doing something special with a child in your life—and let your own inner child have some fun as well!
Well-known inspirational author, Sark, offers some ideas on:
How to Really Love a Child
Be there. Say yes as often as possible…If they’re unlovable, love yourself… Giggle a lot. Surprise them. Say no when necessary. Teach feelings…Hug trees together. Make loving safe. Bake a cake and eat it with no hands… Imagine yourself magic…Reveal your own dreams. Search out the positive. Keep the gleam in your eye…Encourage silly. Plant licorice in your garden. Open up. Stop yelling. Express your love. A lot. Speak kindly. Handle with caring.
If you’re playing with young children, remember:
- If I want it, it’s mine.
- If I give it to you and change my mind later, it’s mine.
- If I can take it away from you, it’s mine.
- If it’s mine, it will never belong to anyone else, no matter what.
- If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
- If it looks just like mine, it’s mine.
Want to do something great with your kids or grandkids? Make it extra fun for them today, or any day! Here are some ways to connect with the youngsters in your life and channel your own “inner child”.
- Jump rope to a song
- Listen to their dreams
- Blow giant bubbles
- Follow butterflies
- Make a train of chairs and go for a ride
- Play hide and seek in the house
- Read their favorite story
- Create a sidewalk chalk art exhibit
- Write a poem together
- Make sock puppets
- Visit the zoo
- Throw a tea party
- Above all, enjoy your children. The days are long, but the years are short. Share a
- to remind them just how much they light up your life.