Valentine’s Day might be over, but when it comes to your kids, there’s no “time of year” to show them they’re loved. In fact, raising healthy, well-adjusted children requires them to feel secure in themselves and their relationship with you. That’s all about communicating love – whether you’re helping them with their homework or disciplining them. Here are a few easy ways you can show your kids you love them every single day.
Surprise them with a note
Your kids feel your love simply in the fact that you pack their lunch every day for school (or remember to give them money to buy it). But your child might feel even more special when he or she opens that lunchbox to find a handwritten note from mom or dad. Feel free to get creative and fun with it: write a sweet word of encouragement on a banana peel or tuck a note into a bag of pretzels. Finding it is half the fun!
Cherish their artwork
Sure, your kids might not be Picasso, but that doesn’t mean they need to know that (yet). Show them you value them and their amazing talents by displaying their arts and crafts in your home. Sure, it may not look like the perfectly curated space, but a well-placed fingerpainting or a comical self-portrait is the perfect adornment to any refrigerator or office wall.
Keep a little journal
When your kids are tiny, their life memories kind of begin with you. While your children might not appreciate it for a few years, jotting down a note or two about them each day – a funny thing they did or said, or one thing you love about them – will show them just how much mom or dad loves them. Not to mention it’s a keepsake they’ll cherish forever.
Get some alone time in
When you have more than one child, it can be difficult to give each individual attention. But that one-on-one time is important because it shows each child he or she is unique as an individual. Sure, those individual dates aren’t possible on a daily basis (although it’s important to arrange these occasionally), but try to spend a few minutes each day talking to each child one on one. Ask about his or her day and most of all, just listen.
Participate in their activities
From PTA to sports practice to music lessons – not to mention your day job – you likely don’t have a whole lot of free time hanging around. That said, when you participate in your child’s activities – whether that means attending the big soccer game on Saturday or volunteering at the class party – shows him or her not only that you love him or her – but that love is an action, not a feeling!
Share special songs
If you’ve got a bedtime routine that includes a little duet, your kiddo probably knows that you really love him or her. Sharing a special song with your kids isn’t just about liking the same music – it’s about creating special memories and triggers that will allow them to remember that love for years.
Make up nicknames
You gave your child a name, but that doesn’t have to be the last one. Nicknames are a fun and meaningful way to personalize your relationship with your kids even further. Whether it’s sweet, silly or funny, a nickname is a way to solidify your close relationship – and remind your child of that relationship – every time you use it.
Your turn: how do you make sure your children know how much you love them every day?