Express Care

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The best way to increase the likelihood of your child’s future success is to improve the quality of family relationships. What can you do to strengthen your relationship with the child in your life?

There are several actions you can take, and today we will start with the first…

Express Care

This is achieved when you take time out of your busy day to have a conversation or do an activity together. Making time regularly to spend with a child translates into universal language telling the child: “you are important to me.” That statement offers a big boost in confidence for a child and, therefore, much greater ability to learn and grow.

“you are important to me.”

Start with interests

If you’re not sure how to fill the time you set aside for the child in your life, start with his or her interests. Baseball, board games, or painting nails. Even going out for ice cream can be the perfect ritual to get you going… whatever will bring you to the same place at the same time. And if things don’t go smoothly the first time… or the second, keep trying, again and again – because that is how you express that you care.

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Pekel, K., Roehlkepartain, E. C., Syvertsen, A. K., & Scales, P. C. (2015). Don’t forget the families: The missing piece in America’s efforts to help all children succeed (summary of key findings). Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute. The complete study is available at

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Anna Gouker

Anna works as an employment counselor at Employment Resources, Inc. Anna is also a blogger – Anna Works…Let’s talk about employment, empowerment, and disability. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison.
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