While glitter and talking cards shout out “I love you” to a child, simple acts each day provide a chance for parents to show their love. Here are five easy ways you can show your children you love them.
Stop and listen. With so many activities taking up our time and energy, sometimes pausing and listening is the best way to show your love. Ask your children what they want to be when they grow up or what the school cafeteria served for lunch. Whatever you discuss, make sure you take the time to stop and listen.
Set an example. How we act and show our love in our relationships is a direct reflection on our own capacity to nurture children. Trusting relationships help children understand you will be there for them when they need you.
Share a story. Watch your children’s eyes light up the next time you share a memory of them when they were little. Remind your children of their first words, a family trip or a special holiday. Sharing memories reminds them of a simpler time and often can bring comfort.
Schedule time together. Sit and listen to your child read. Go sledding. Play a board game. Stay in and cook dinner together. Play a game of hoops. Spending time together is a great way to show your love.
Hurry up and hug. Try handing out a hug when it’s least expected. Sometimes I use my “hurry up” voice asking one of my kids to “come here quick.” Then they get a hug just because I needed one. I get an eye roll from my teenage son, but I see the grin as he walks away.
There are endless ways to show children love. How do you express love to your kids?
Read more blog posts by Eileen Clark, MSM, CCLS.