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20 Ways to be Kind to Your Child

I love my kids with all my heart, but I’m fairly certain I don’t spend nearly enough time showing them true kindness.

I show my love through discipline, attention to their health and wellness, and of course, their education. But where’s the warmth in all of that? Sure, I know it’s there, but do they?

When I came across Alissa’s blog, Creative With Kids I stopped cold in my mothering tracks. Finally, an entire blog devoted to creating meaningful connections with our children every day!

There’s no doubt that connection begins with kindness. Alissa believes, “As a parent in a non-stop-information-overload world we can easily be overwhelmed by everything we think we should be doing. Maybe it can be simpler than we’re making it for ourselves. What if we took one small idea, the idea of being kind, and used that with our kids? Kindness doesn’t have to be complex or expensive. The way we treat our children forms their expectation for how they should be treated. I want to show my children kindness so they go out into the world with understanding their own value and a strong sense of how to be kind to others.”

Alissa brainstormed practical ways for parents to forge deeper connections with their children in her wildly popular post 100 Ways to be Kind to Your Child.

We here at Babble Kids would like to personally thank Alissa for allowing us to share 20 of her simple ways to show kindness to your kids – after the jump!

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  • Tell your child: 1 of 20
    Tell your child:
    I love you.
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  • Tell your child: 2 of 20
    Tell your child:
    I love you even when I am angry with you.
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  • Tell your child: 3 of 20
    Tell your child:
    I love you even when you are angry at me.
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  • Tell your child: 4 of 20
    Tell your child:
    My favorite part of the day was with you when we...
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  • Try: 5 of 20
    Try:
    Giving a gentle touch to show approval.
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  • Listen: 6 of 20
    Listen:
    A second longer than you have patience for.
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  • Listen: 7 of 20
    Listen:
    For the feelings behind your child's words.
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  • Take time: 8 of 20
    Take time:
    To just sit with your child while they play.
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  • Trust: 9 of 20
    Trust:
    That you are enough.
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  • Trust: 10 of 20
    Trust:
    That your child is capable.
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  • Read: 11 of 20
    Read:
    About age-appropriate behavior so you can keep your expectations realistic.
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  • Read: 12 of 20
    Read:
    When the afternoon is starting to go astray.
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  • Tell them: 13 of 20
    Tell them:
    That when you're holding hands and you give three squeezes, it's a secret code that means, "I love you".
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  • Tell them: 14 of 20
    Tell them:
    The story of their birth or adoption.
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  • Show them: 15 of 20
    Show them:
    How to look up information when you don't know the answer.
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  • Let go: 16 of 20
    Let go:
    Of your need to be right.
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  • Give: 17 of 20
    Give:
    A kind touch back when your child touches you.
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  • Give: 18 of 20
    Give:
    A smile when your child walks into the room.
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  • Give: 19 of 20
    Give:
    A hug.
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  • Give: 20 of 20
    Give:
    A look with kind eyes to your child.
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For 80 (yes, 80!) more incredible ways to be kind to your kids, click here!

How do you show kindness to your children?

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