Happy Valentines Day!
I sure hope you've had a great day celebrating thus far. Today is a great reminder to all of us that it is important that we show the people we care about that we love them. However, sometimes I feel like I don't show them enough. And so, in honour of heart day I'm sharing with you a list of 50 ways to show your children that you love them:
1. Make saying “I love you” an unconditional and routine part of your day. Say it a lot!
3. Apologize when you are wrong.
4. Tell them how proud you are of them.
5. Kneel, squat or sit so that you are eye level when you are speaking to them.
6. Spend time alone with each child doing something he/ she loves.
7. Keep your promises.
8. Find qualities about them that you genuinely love and compliment them in front of others.
9. Dance together to all of their favorite songs.
10. Read stories together.
11. Have a tickle fight.
12. Blow raspberries on their tummies.
13. Start a new tradition together.
14. Sing songs together.
15. Be honest.
16. Play and be silly together.
17. Be polite and talk to your children as you would like to be talked to.
18. Touch often. Give shoulder rubs, back rubs and pats on the head.
19. Discipline fairly.
20. Exchange butterfly or Eskimo kisses.
21. Display their artwork in your home.
22. Cook or bake together.
23. Everyday let your child tell you what’s going on in their life or three things that happened that were important to them. Listen.
24. Learn to sign “I Love You” to each other.
25. Let them win sometimes.
26. Send a card or note in the mail or place one in their lunchbox.
27. Go on special dates together-just the two of you.
28. Develop a secret word or gesture that only the two of you know. Use it often.
29. Frame a photo of the two of you and display it in his/her room.
30. Give your child a special nickname but use it in private.
31. Be mindful of small opportunities to be tender to your kids (ie: dressing them, brushing their hair, washing their face, tucking them into bed etc.)
32. Let them know that you miss them when you are apart by bringing something back with you.
33. Let them help you and thank them for their efforts.
34. Give them space when they need it.
35. Take a long walk together at their pace.
36. Cook their favorite meal.
37. Include them in decision making or ask for advice. (ie:) what to wear, what to eat etc.
38. Praise often
39. Have an all about me day and do whatever your child wants to.
40. Share their birth story with them.
41. Keep your promises.
42. Make an effort to use phrases such as “please”, “thank you” and “I’m sorry”
43. Take the time to talk about emotions and how your child is feeling. Tell them some of the ways that they make you happy.
44. Help your child to foster good relationships with friends and family members.
45. Get to know your children's teachers and friends.
46. Foster an atmosphere of laughter in you home. Look for ways to laugh together.
47. Help them to become an expert at something.
48. Celebrate firsts and lasts.
49. Make a family photo album or scrapbook together.
50. Start an appreciation board. Each day, put a word or a sticker on the board and tell your kids what you appreciate about them. Then have them do the same for other people in the family.
How do you show your children that you love them?