Most of us love our children, there’s no doubt about that. Still, in the busyness of life we can sometimes forget to do the little things that demonstrate our love. Words can be affirming, but actions are concrete. What we do and the way we treat our children is powerful and has a lasting impact.
“It has been noted that actions speak louder than words. Truth is, I have found that during many situations in life, words are just noise… and actions are the ONLY things that speak.” Steve Maraboli
We are a quarter of the way through the year. HOW THE HECK CAN THAT BE POSSIBLE? April is often a transitional month. It is a great time to check in, assess, and think about how we are doing as a family. What can we do better? How can we continue to forge strong connections with our children? I’m not talking about big and extravagant gestures, but the small day to day things that can make a huge difference. What mini habits can we cultivate to help communicate our love to our children?
It is actually quite simple. What your family really wants from you is your time and attention. Those are the two gifts that truly communicate your love.
Here’s 10 simple ways to give your time and attention.
- Turn off your electronics when you are with your family.
- Greet your children with a hug first thing in the morning.
- Create a bedtime ritual
- Schedule some time to catch up when everyone gets home.
- Make eye contact and pay attention when you are with your children.
- Ask one specific question about their day. You will find a great list of questions here
- Play their favorite game, or read their favorite book, for the millionth time!
- Have fun together.
- Tell your children how much you appreciate them. And remind them every chance you get.
- Leave short messages in their room or in their lunch box. For inspiration check out Napkin Notes Dad
As we move into spring (or fall) let us be intentional about showing our love to those we care about the most. Let’s celebrate our love and commit to doing those small things that mean the world to our children.
What actions help you to communicate love to your children? This is not an exhaustive list by any means. What would add to it?