when i’m in little space …
🌸 engage with me and give me your attention.
🌸 ask me what im doing & be genuinely curious with a blatant desire to be involved.
🌸 have me count things around me like how many pictures i’ve colored so far or tell you the colors of the crayons i have sprawled out.
🌸 talk in a caring & warm voice that holds amusement, interest, and love.
🌸 treat me like you’d treat any child. be sweet with me, be gentle with me.
🌸 tell me you love me. remind me you’re my cg & that you’re here to care for me.
🌸 call me endearing names. ones you always call me when im little, or ones you don’t use as often. little one/girl/boy, princess/prince babygirl/boy, angel, honey, sweetness, love.
🌸 be close to me. be near me. ask if you can join me in whatever im doing, be it coloring, singing, dancing, having a tea party with stuffies, playing with toys, watching tv, playing a game, doing a puzzle. show me you want to interact with me and support me while i am in this headspace.
🌸 hold my hand because you want me to stay where you can see me, buckle me into the car to keep me safe because im precious, order for me because im too little to do it, offer to take me out places where you know i love to go or take me as a surprise.
🌸 pet my hair. give me kisses on the cheek, nose, forehead. smile at me. tell me im good, that you’re proud of me, that im allowed to be soft and vulnerable, that it’s okay to be little.
🌸 tell me how cute i am when im little. compliment my outfit or my hair or my makeup or literally anything.
🌸 baby talk, talk in third person, use the same tone you’d use with a small child.
🌸 ask me to go fetch my favorite paci, or my sippy cup so you can fill it with juice, or a stuffed animal you know im fond of. know all their names for good measure.
🌸 praise me, love me, just show me you care.