As the weather gets colder, warm your family with some inside activities. Wrap up in a cozy blanket together, put some fuzzy socks on feet to warm toes, and open the pages of a favorite children’s book. These are the moments when memories are made.
When you sit down to read with your child, you are giving the message that “You are worth my time. You are a valuable person.” You are warming your child’s heart with your love.
This simple act of paying attention to your child goes a long way in developing healthy self-esteem. When your child knows you are consistently there for support, guidance, and reassurance, he or she will develop self-confidence and resilience and be better able to handle life’s ups and downs.
Every person in a child’s life can add to that child developing a positive self-image, starting from when that child is just a baby. Here are some books for young children about a mother’s love. There are just as many books in print about a father’s love (and grandma’s and grandpa’s too); ask your librarian or local bookseller for suggestions.
“Mommy, Carry Me Please!” by Jane Cabrera. Simple, engaging, painted illustrations of animal moms and babies show how all animals carry their offspring differently. The book ends with a boy being hugged by his own mommy. High-spirited text.
“Tell Me a Story, Mama” by Deb Lund, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. A little girl asks her mom the story of when she was growing inside her mama’s belly. Now they look forward to another baby coming.
“Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman. An oldie, but a goodie about a little bird looking for his mother. This will tickle the funny bone of your pre-schooler as the bird mistakes all kinds of animals and objects for his mother.
“Mama is a Miner” by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Peter Catalanotto. Realistic, richly colored watercolor tell the story of what a mother does in the coal mine during the day, and then shows how much her daughter misses her. A story about hard work, family love, and the warmth of home.
“Mama, Do You Love Me?” by Barbara M. Joosse. Along the same lines of “The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown, this Inuit child tests the patience of her mother to find that no matter what happens, her mother still loves her.
“Jonathon and His Mommy” by Irene Smalls, illustrated by Michael Hays. A boy and his mother go on a playful walk through city streets in their neighborhood, enjoying their time together.