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10 Simple Ways Kids Show They Love Us

By amberdoty |

I recently visited a friend and her brand new baby boy. Just holding him, sweet-smelling and snuggly swaddled, was enough to get me thinking about expanding our family. Sure my husband and I had agreed our family felt complete, but I had forgotten what a wonderfully peaceful feeling it was to cradle a sleeping newborn in my arms.

That’s when the baby woke up,  pooped, and began to wail. As I was handing him back to his mother she mentioned she hadn’t slept in days. Slowly the memories came back to me. For all their perks, babies are selfish creatures. You spend that first year at their beck and call, lavishing your affection upon them. Your payment? A coo or a smile (or was that gas?).

Baby babble is great and all, but I much prefer the everyday expressions of love from my big kids. Here are just a few simple ways our children show they love us:

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10 Simple Ways Kids Show They Love Us

They don't want you to leave

Whether you are going on a long business trip or just outside to mow the grass, if they wrap their arms around your legs and ask you not to go it's a sure sign they love having you around.


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About amberdoty



Amber Doty is a writer, scientist, wife, and mother to two boys. On Babble, Amber wrote for both Strollerderby and KidScoop about parenting news, pop culture, raising school-age children and general parenting tips. More of her work can be found on her website, The Daily Doty.

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5 thoughts on “10 Simple Ways Kids Show They Love Us

  1. Kira says:

    I don’t exactly know how I stumbled upon your blog but everytime I read one of your entries, I am so very glad I did! This entry actually made tears come to my eyes. You are a wonderful writer-quite a proud mama :) oh, and also, your babies are absolutely gorgeous!

  2. crazy Shilo says:

    liked your post/ blog but don’t forget macaroni cards, that they are proud they made to happily give to you as a gift ^_^

  3. Sweetpea says:

    suspiciously wet fruit snacks crammed into your mouth against your will- that sums it up brilliantly. So do the extremely wet, slimy kisses that cover your face in spit and love.

  4. idby says:

    love this!

  5. dezi's mom says:

    lol yeah the soggy drool covered food bit hits the nail right on the head. My 14 month old loves trying to feed mommy bits of what he has been eating and each time I tell him he is so sweet for wanting to share, but mommy doesn’t want “whatever drool covered food”.

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