If you've spent much time with young children, you'll know that, while they're cute and fun some of the time, it's easy to get preoccupied with their less-than-stellar behavior. Toddler-hood and the preschool era are the times where you're training your children to make good choices and respect your family's values, so it makes sense that you'll spend a lot of time focusing on their actions.

However, it's easy to forget all of the things that a child does well and, some days, it can be hard to know how to affirm your child even as you're correcting them. This list is for those days.

1. Make eye contact when you're not angry or upset.

2. Praise your child for something specific that he does.

3. Let your child hear you speaking highly of them to other people.

4. Instead of criticizing your child or telling her to just stop crying, take the time to understand why she's feeling what she's feeling.

5. Play a game with your child.

6. Enter into your child's extensive imaginative world.

7. Let your child choose a story and read.

8. Touch your child's back or arms gently.

9. Praise your child (over the top) when they've made a good decision or done well.

10. Catch your child doing good and make a big deal out of it.

11. Let your child decide what to make for dinner.

12. Say, "I love you!" with no strings attached.

13. Bless your child.

14. Get down (physically) on your child's level to interact with him.

15. Ask your child if she has any ideas about what would be fun to do today.

16. Help your child name his feelings.

17. Build small victories into each day.

18. Let your child know that you'll always be there, no matter what.

19. Sing with your child.

20. Use your child's name, especially when you're happy with them or excited about what they've done.

21. Put down what you're doing and look at your child when she talks.

22. Help your child when he asks.

23. Teach your child to make positive statements about herself.

24. Be patient when you would normally get frustrated.

25. Say, "Thank you," when your child tries to help.

26. Give your child a hug and a kiss goodnight.

27. Knock on your child's door before you enter (when it's appropriate).

28. Tell your child that he is a gift.

29. Help your child practice a skill she struggles with.

30. Let your child know that you would be sad without him.

31. Write your child a positive note and read it together, or draw her a picture.

32. Sit down next to your child and talk to him without any reason beyond wanting to be with him.

33. Let your child help with something around the house.

34. Hang your child's artwork in a place where everyone can see it.

35. Praise your child for self-control (because this is so hard for the little ones!).

36. Say positive things about the efforts your child makes, even when the end result is failure.

37. Play dress-up with your child and then tell her that she looks good.

38. Play Follow the Leader and let your child lead.

39. Give your child the structure of rules and stick to them.

40. Affirm yourself, out loud and in your child's presence, if possible.

41. Help your child give something to someone less fortunate (or choose items to give later).

42. Don't criticize yourself, whether your child can hear you or not.

43. Ask your child questions and give him the opportunity to answer.

44. Promise your child something, and then follow through on your promise.

45. Help your child celebrate her life and the things that are important to her.

46. Laugh alongside your child, at something he thinks is funny.

47. Help your child solve a problem she runs into.

48. Praise one of the ways your child is different from others.

49. Say, "You can do it!", over and over again if you have to.

50. Ask your child how you can improve as a parent and listen to his answers.

51. Whisper to your child, "I'm glad you're mine," at random.