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Simple tips on how to be a better Mom

Respect and value your child

Respect and listen to your children's views, values, and opinions. When they want to talk with you, give them your complete attention

Encourage your children

Encourage your children as much as you can. Make them feel special and express your love for them often. Hug them, kiss them and say 'I love you'. Be sure to express your love to them when they are young and old.

Talk to your kids

Talk with your children at an early age. Talking with children is one of the best ways to influence their ability and love for learning. Children who are spoken to often as infants will understand more words when they are toddlers and pre-schoolers than others. Communication also strengthens the mother-child bond and softens communication barriers children grow older.

Take care of yourself

Sleep well and take out time for yourself. Keep yourself in good health. A happy, relaxed mother can give more of herself to her children and family than an unhappy, overworked, tense mother.

Have fun with your children

Mothers are so busy with their day-to-day routines that they forget to have fun with their children. Take out one-on-one time to enjoy with your child. Do something that both of you like -- indulge in outdoor games, art and craft, board games, go for a walk, chat, cook -- do anything at all that makes you feel good. Laugh together, tickle each other, dance, sing songs, just have FUN!

Read to your children

Reading to your children is a great way to inspire their love of reading. Studies show that children who love to read will develop a love of learning as they grow older. Reading also creates an emotional bond between parent and the child, whether it's lap-time reading, bedtime reading or any other way of doing it that you both enjoy. Reading also helps develop their imagination, creativity, vocabulary and communication skills.

Respect their father

One of the best things a mother can do is honor her children's father in front of them. If you are separated or divorced, try not to speak ill about your spouse in front of your children.

Respect yourself

Always expect to be treated with respect by others in the presence of your kids. Also, make sure that your children are respected by others. Maintain your dignity under all circumstances; be honest and keep your integrity intact always.

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