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25 Powerful Ways to Show Love to Your Child

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You love your children. I know it. You know it. But do they know it? Here’s 25 Simple things you can start doing TODAY to make your kids feel special and let them know just how much you love them and think about them.


I am delighted to welcome Emma from Our Whimsical Days to the blog today. Emma writes about simple play and playful learning. Her blog is a delight and is full of wonderful activities that parents can enjoy with their toddlers and preschoolers. It is well worth a visit.

You love your children.

I know it. You know it. But most importantly, they know it.

And no, not because you bought them that cool bike or a new dress. You show it to them every day, in small ways that you may not even notice – reading them an extra story, comforting them when they cry, giving a high-five when you’re proud of them.

Here are 25 others ways you show your children love – do one, or many, every day! (But I’m betting you already do!)

Photo credit Lisa L. Wiedmeier

1. Leave a note taped to the bathroom mirror, even if it’s just a smiley face.

2. Send a note in their lunchbox. (Even pre-readers know what a heart or smile face means!)

3. Listen to their favorite music in the car

4. Put down the phone and really listen.

5. Read them a story

6. Tell them a story, maybe about what you were like as a kid (even preschoolers like this!)

7. Look at baby photos together and tell them what they were like as infants or toddlers.

8. Make their favorite dinner as a surprise.

9. Have a cuddle session first thing in the morning.

10. Give them a random hug, just because.

11. Give them a random kiss for no reason.

12. Pick them up a flower or interesting rock during the day.

13. Bake something together.

14. Sing a silly song.

15. Play a game. (“Candy Land, again? Sure, I’d love to!“)

16. Pop popcorn and watch a movie together.

17. Have a picnic.

18. Have an indoor picnic…in a homemade fort!

19. Have a special “I love you” sign, maybe the ASL sign or just a thumbs up.

20. Go for a walk together.

21. Apologize when you’re wrong. (It means a lot!)

22. Watch their favorite show them. (Yes, the annoying one!)

23. Have a dance party

24. Give a high-five.

25. Sing them a special song.

I would love to hear from you – What else would you add to the list? How do you show love to your children?

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30 thoughts on “25 Powerful Ways to Show Love to Your Child”

  1. Sharon and Emma, “P” is also for Precious – – these are such precious suggestions. Each one became my new favorite as I went down the list. Then, not wanting it to be over, I followed the link to the post about singing “Happy Together” (or whatever songs work for your family). Sending big thank-you hugs!

    Blissings,
    ~ Dena

    1. Thank you so much Dena- I agree P is for precious and I too enjoyed the link. So glad you visited today.

    2. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

      Thank you for your kind words! It’s so easy to show our kids how much we love them – mostly just by spending time with them!

  2. P.S. Here are the words that showed up when I wanted to share your post on FB:

    “Precious list of ways to let your child’s heart fill with love, over and over. Bet you’re already doing a lot of these. See anything new?”

    Will also share with grandmothers.

  3. This is a great list! Recently we watched videos when my 3 year old was learning to walk. We all laughed. The expression on her face was priceless. Thank you Emma!

    1. I’m glad you came by Kelvin. I love the thought of watching those videos together. It is a great way to connect.

    2. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

      I love watching those videos too! Except then I start thinking, “Where did my baby go?” lol!

  4. Hello Sharon and Emma! Such a great and simple list. We watched the clouds together this summer and it was magical. Oh and thank you for mentioning one of our {serenade sundays} posts! Singing love songs is such a great tool for connecting, and reconnecting, especially when it’s hard to do. I have a couple of our love songs on my phone and I set them as an alarm to go off after supper..when I need it most. We call it Love Song O’Clock. The twinkle in her eyes when she hears our love song is absolutely priceless…

    1. Love song o’clock- I love it! Watching clouds is also magical activity. You are building wonderful memories with your daughter.

    2. Emma @ P is for Preschooler

      What a great idea to set the song to come on at a certain time. I imagine that could change the whole mood of the house on a grumpy day!

  5. There are several things on this list that my 8 YO and I have adopted over the years. We love our morning snuggles before she has to get ready for school, and we wink at each other from across the room when she’s in a new situation, or just because. It’s the little things that speak volumes with our kiddos! Great post!

    1. Thank you Kayla. I hope those morning snuggles last for a long time. What a great way to start the day 🙂

  6. This is such a great post! My daughter just turned 6 and we have our own handshake and then her dad had to make one for just them. She loves doing it with us because it is something only we know how to do. I cant tell you how many times she has made me do it in front of her friends to show them how special it is. Great tips!!
    Jess

  7. Lovely post reminding me of all the things I can do with my kids creating that special bond, showing them love.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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  9. Some lovely and simple ideas here – thanks for linking up to my Parenting Tips linky over on KiddyCharts this week. The theme was encouraging pretend play, be great to have you in future, but do take note of the theme if you can. Thanks again, Regards Helen

    1. so sorry Helen. I think I got my linky parties mixed up! I will try and do better next time.

  10. Grandma from Alberta, Canada

    They all sound great! I did however want to add to #21. It is wonderful to apologize!! Keep your apology simple bad NEVER say I am sorry BUT….. This basically negates your apology and rubs their face in it. If you did something you should apologize for, suck it up and apologize for your mistake, then of course give them a hug, if that is ok with them.

    1. Grandma from Alberta, Canada

      That was supposed to be ‘and’ not ‘bad’ on the second line. Sorry.

    2. Sharon Harding

      I really agree with you on that one. That one word BUT just cancels out any apology.

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