7 Ways to Make Your Little One Smile ...

Okay, I am going to be honest with you – do you see my blog topics? Many of the nice ones are inspired by my daughter. When I sit down to come up with topics, she starts giving me ideas. She especially loves coming up with animal ones and fashion ones. Actually, she helped me come up with this blog – 7 ways to make your little one smile, but it went like this "Top ways to make your child smile."

7. Read to Them

Children enjoy being read to. Every time I read to my little girl, she always gets this big smile on her face. I also ask her questions at the end of each book (sometimes during the story as well) in order to see how well she is listening to me. She amazes me when she gets every answer right – she is a very good listener, especially when it comes to her books.

6. Take Them to the Zoo

Oh yes, taking the child to the zoo is definitely going to put a big old smile on their face, the whole car ride there, the whole car ride back and the next day. Every time you bring up that memory, they are going to smile. I enjoy taking my little girl to the zoo. I took her there for her 1st Birthday, her 2nd Birthday and so on. By now, she probably thinks she lives there.

5. Dance Together

You would be surprised at how well my six year old can dance. I think she dances better than some of the grown ups I see! Actually, I don't think, I KNOW she does. She actually has some moves and I have been thinking about putting her in a dance class – I think it would do her good.

4. Write a Story Together

You will be surprised at how imaginative your little one is. Little ones can come up with stories as well!

3. Baking

My little girl enjoys baking cakes with me. I don't have an easy bake oven – we use the real thing. Of course, she's not allowed to be around the stove when it is open, because it is hot, hot, hot – but she enjoys mixing the cake or muffins.

2. The Family Pet

Bring out that family pet and that child will smile! My little girl was sick on Sunday and I told her the dog was going to give her a hug. He gave her a hug and she giggled at it – then said her nose is plugged up …

1. Give a Hug and Tell Them You Love Them

I just had to include this one on my list – I couldn't help myself! Each time I give my little girl a hug and tell her I love her, she smiles and says it back. Children love to know that they are cared for. I think this is one of those things that should not go left unsaid.

There you have 7 ways to make your little one smile. What makes your little one smile?

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