Research shows that connection is a basic human need and it has a significant impact on us from the moment we are born and on through our entire lives.
As parents, family members, carers and educators, we can all positively impact on children’s early development and sense of connection. By doing so we lay the foundations for happy childhoods and give children the best chance of success in the future.
“According to any metric, children do better when their parents emphasize attunement and connection.”
Dr Dan Siegel and Dr Tina Payne.
Why Cards to Connect®
Gratitude provides a wonderful connection point. The motivation to see the positives (even the small ones) and reinforce them without any strings attached is beneficial for us as individuals and relationships as a whole.
Our celebration cards and activities provide a unique, practical and effective way for you to say thank you and connect with the children in your life on a regular basis.
Whether you have only a few minutes or a bit more time, our resources:
Build on quick ‘Thank Yous’
Compliments are more likely to weave their magic when they’re perceived to be genuine and specific (not generalised).
Research shows that providing specific positive feedback is important in helping children build a sense of self. A timely “thank you” acknowledges those things you appreciate. When you use our celebration cards, children also receive a tangible and visual reminder of their successes, reinforcing the compliment.
Involving Your Children
When using our cards and resources you can quickly, clearly and easily show children that:
- you see them;
- their contribution matters to you; and
- they matter to you.
What the cards are not!
Our cards have been designed as a simple and effective way to connect with children using gratitude and feedback. They are not designed for the following:
- Creating a sense of obligation;
- Adding pressure;
- Adding guilt;
- Rewards or bribery;
- Consequences; or
For more information on what the cards are not, visit our blog: Six things to avoid when using our cards.