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20 Easy Ways to Show Kids How Much You Love Them

By caseymullins |

I love my kids so much that I sometimes go without food, drink, sleep or other conveniences so they can have an easier, more comfortable life. It’s certainly not anything dramatic, but there are nights once the littles are in bed that I sit down on the couch and realize I haven’t had a decent meal or moment to myself all day long. It’s a wonderful existence, raising these two little girls of mine, but it can also be an exhausting one. The everyday things we go through and do for our kids as their parents are testaments to just how much we love these little critters, but sometimes kids don’t see a homemade meal and warm bed as love. Just as any relationship needs constant care and nourishment, the relationship with our kids is no different. Kids thrive when they know they are safe and loved, they can reach farther and grow stronger when they know they have the support of their family behind them.

While there are no better words than ‘I love you’ sometimes actions do truly speak louder than words, especially when it comes to our kids and what follows are 20 small actions that speak volumes to how special our kids are to us.

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Simple Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

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A local restaurant has a happy hour every weekday from 2-4 where all drinks and milkshakes are 1/2 price. For $4, my little lady and I can have the elementary equivalent of chatting over coffee. Both my husband and I make a point to spend one-on-one time with our oldest daughter, especially since the baby came along.

I think #21 could easily be take photos of you with your kids, no matter how silly, dimly lit or ridiculous.

What’s your favorite way to show your kids how much you love them?

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Read more from Casey on her blog, moosh in indy, or follow along with her on twitter or facebook.

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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25 thoughts on “20 Easy Ways to Show Kids How Much You Love Them

  1. Cassie Boorn says:

    I love ALL of these ideas!

    I thought I was the only person who carried on deep personal conversations with cab drivers. Clearly, I am not :)

  2. BusyDad says:

    I love these pictures! And of course all your ideas. I’m honored that LunchboxDaily made the list! My mom gets full credit for that one, as she drew one on both my sister and my lunchbags every morning when we were young. Just keeping the tradition alive!

  3. lam says:

    OK, she is just sooooooo cute! I have always refrained from posting “Addie is so cute. Again.”, but this is too much cute to go unacknowledged. And that hair!
    We have a little mail box inside the house just for the kids and I put notes, postcards, photos, or little treats in there.

  4. Charlotte Anne says:

    My Mama, who passed away on New Years Day, gave me daily notes starting when I was in preschool and they didnt end until recently when she could no longer write. I have kept ziploc baggies upon baggies of those notes to read again when I miss her. When I have kids I will be passing on the tradition of the daily notes :)

  5. Jeanette says:

    Beautiful article. I will try all tips/suggestion on my llittle toddler boys!!

  6. Lisa says:

    absolutely LOVE these! Thanks so much for inspiring some mommy-creativity today!!

  7. Shelly Coulter says:

    Thanks so much for you these ideas! All great ones and this post was very encouraging to me as a mom…to be purposeful with loving my kiddos!

  8. Jenn Bo says:

    My favorite post you have ever written. Thank you. =)

  9. Ayo says:

    In my line of work, I come across a lot of blogs and can’t possibly follow them all. I just read your post and was moved nearly to tears! What great SIMPLE ways to show our wee ones how much we love and adore them! I’ll add to the list #22 my new word for 2012…LISTEN It goes along with your cell phone one a bit, but irrespective of the scenario, my girls light up when they realize that I am listening to them fully and intently with my entire being not just giving a nod or the dismissing uh huh….And my heart just melts when I take the time to listen and look right at them when they’re talking and see their emotions radiate as they share their stories of the day. Great pictures, well written – BRAVO!!
    ~signed, your new follower

  10. Olivia says:

    Kami left me a heart shaped note in my lunch box once when my mom was out of town. I still have that little note nearly two decades later. I’ll never forget how it made me feel.

  11. Erin says:

    I absolutely love this. So many great ideas. But what I love more is how obvious it is that you love your daughter. She is so lucky, I wish everyone had a mom like you are. Thankyou for being a great example of the Mom I would like to be one day.

  12. Kirsty@BowerbirdBlue says:

    Such awesome mumness, lovely ideas.

  13. april says:

    Your post was beautifully and wonderfully written. I appreciate all your ideas and I know my two little girls will be even more happy if I can work these into my daily routine until they become happy habits.

  14. Marisol Kaag says:

    I love the pics of you and your daughter! Y’all have the bluest eyes! I can definitely see the love!

  15. Nichole Lampe says:

    I love all your ideas, they are great! My kids ride the bus and get soo excited when I pick them up or drop them off. They brag about it to everyone! Its the little things!

  16. Becky says:

    these are all such cool ideas. Some will work for the husband too :D

  17. kristy says:

    I loved this! I always tell my kids I love them but creativity is so much more memorable! Great ideas:-) I am thinking the hidden notes snd a dry erase marker on the mirror. Best thing we can do for our kid is show them we love thier daddy or vice versa.so great options for showing some love to our husband

  18. Renee says:

    Finally an article I learned something from! Great practical, thoughful, inexpensive ideas that anyone can do! Thank you and wow are you two cute! One last idea, I might add for parents of elementary ed kids is show up at school and have lunch with your child (if your school permits this:)) My kids love it especially if I bring them a treat:)

  19. Adriano says:

    Yes, this inteview (at least what we have seen) is a gift.What I seem to enjoy most is the fact that oghuth Brad and Angelina travel the world, are famous, talented etc., they are basically just a big family doing big family things.I mean this in the kindest way, but they are really quite boring. No arrests, no violence, no court appearances, they just seem like a loving, happy family. They both may have done some harsh things in the past (Angelina at her own admittance probably moreso than Brad), but they both just seem so smitten with each other and normal now. Her description of what makes a good relationship was so lovely and she used similar ways to describe what love is that Brad used last year (with the same author by the way.) Great preview and hope the entire article is just as good and thanks for the good work.

  20. julia says:

    The notes and paying attention are all so sweet and tender moments, but what we want them to take away from our parenting is what we want to count. We aren’t going to always be the mom with the prettiest bows, coolest birthday parties, or even cleanest homes. BUT… We can be the mom’s that listened to our kids, loved on them, and maybe took a moment to jot down for them now or for later something precious that happened that day. I suffer from memory loss. I don’t remember some of my children’s life. I have pictures, videos, and I honestly don’t know what I forgot. Seeing my own hand writing going back and looking has made it easier. The love never fades, it never fails, it grows every day. Being a mom is the greatest gift we could ever have. Showing them how to love, under the strangest circumstances, is our greatest gift to them.

  21. Ally says:

    I wish you were MY mom! So cute!

  22. Casey says:

    I so appreciate this and wish more parents would do these things. I find it’s very simple and natural to show affection and love for your child in many different ways. I know that many people wonder how my son got to be so sweet that “I love you” is a common phrase to hear from him and that he hugs everyone he meets. And they aren’t obligatory hugs – they’re big “squeezies” as we call them. He’s learned to show love, because he always receives love. I don’t want my son to ever have a single moment of doubt about my love for him. If there’s anything that’s ever hurt me or caused me a lifetime of pain, it’s thinking that my parents and family didn’t love me. I never want my son to feel that pain.

  23. Angel says:

    Hugging my mom sooooo tight was the last thing we did before we had an accident. And I treasure it for the rest of my life.

  24. Brenda says:

    I love my son so much to an extent that at times i go for a month without work just to spend sometime with him, most of my friends would not comprehend. Life is not all about money, they need our love more than our gifts for them; though the gifts do spice up our love for them but i believe spending much time with out kids is very important. I personally pick him up from school just to show him how much i love him. Some mothers will even mock me saying i’, claiming to be a good mother; just that they can’t understand what my son to me.

  25. jsw says:

    great article….. my daughter loves to bake so usually this is our one on one time in addition to no tv for a few hours and just doing puzzles together or taking a short walk together. We’re very close and she is with her daddy as well since he has tea parties with her and will watch a favorite movie with her while playing in her room. I feel bad for kids who’s parents are too busy even to read a five page book with them on their laps or snuggle in bed and talk about their day at night, the little things is what makes children know they are loved, doesn’t have to involve money or half of your day, just little things like this article and others have brought out. Good job to those who are making those memories with their children, they’re only little for a short time.

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