This weekend got me thinking about love and more specifically how to show my daughter I love her. Of course we love our children. We take care of them. We cook their meals, clean up after them, do their laundry, take them places, make their lunch, make sure they don’t forget things, remember where forgotten things went, kiss their booboos, tuck them in, and kiss them goodnight….every day. But sometimes in the monotony of the every day, we forget to do things, maybe simple extra things, that really show our kids that we love, appreciate and see them for who they are. Here is a list to keep handy to remind you to do a little something extra to help them feel loved!
Write them a note
Decorate their room for no reason
Talk about their day at dinnertime
Turn on their favorite music and have a dance party
Write down something you love about them and place it on their pillow at night
Make a sign for them at their sporting event
Ask for hugs and kisses
Make them laugh, and laugh with them
Give them your full attention and really listen – no phone!
Play a game with them
Tuck Hersheys hugs and kisses in their pocket
Frame a photo of the two of you and hang it in their room
Make a do a treasure hunt
Start a tradition
Get excited about their dreams and encourage them
Have cookies for breakfast
Act like a kid again with them
Do something special for someone else together
No matter what you choose to do, be vocal about how much you love and cherish your children. Don’t be afraid to use words that make you vulnerable. Say sorry when you need to. Be real with them. Discipline them when needed, but let them know you love them through the process. The way we show our children love can be simple, but it takes some selfless thought. Let them know you are thinking about them and they will feel loved.