Updated: Mar 15, 2020
The first step is preparation so do this before you go to bed or first thing in the morning if you get up before your kids do. Don't skip this step if you want this magic mom/caregiver trick to work.
Get a pen (or marker) and paper and make a list in large letters of your child's best traits and
qualities. Do this for each of your children. Hang it where you'll see it often.
From the time you greet your child in the morning, start to look for those traits and let them know how those traits are helpful to you. You can say something like,
"Good Morning Penny. Your smile makes me feel so good!"
"You got along great with your brothers, this morning Sheldon. Thanks, I was able to make myself something to eat and I have time to sit down with you all at the breakfast table."
Keep it up throughout the day. Make sure you're sincere in your noticing.
Plan some sensory activities during your day. The best, most engaging activities involve many different senses. Here's a short list of ideas. I'm sure you can think of many more.