Loving Your Kids

It’s so important to show your love to your kids.  Today I have 4 suggestions for ways you can show your love to your kids.

1 Quality time.  Spending time each day with your kids, playing outside, reading books, doing homework, feeding animals or any of the other fun activities you participate in together.  It may seem busy, but even if you’re doing stuff with them, you’re with them.  And just being around your kids can make all the difference in the world to them.

2. Alone time.  If you’ve got multiple kids, set aside 30-60 minutes per week to be alone with each of them.  If you have only 2 kids and can manage 2 hours alone with each of them, do it!  Having one-on-one time with mommy and one-on-one time with daddy is so important.  It helps the kids see that you love them just for themselves, and that you want to spend time just the 2 of you.  Once a month or so, have a mommy and daddy time alone with a kid, and have the other kids stay with a babysitter or other family member.

3. Listening time.  In addition to being with them, it’s so important for your kids to feel like you’re actually listening to them and supportive of them.  Even if you are listening to them tell stories about their imaginary pet dragon, just listening to their creative ideas is important for them.  If you start young it opens up the space for them to talk with you as they get older.  Maybe have time each day that you talk about what was special or what happened in each of your days. You can share about what happened at work, and your kids can share what happened at school or with their friends.

4. Finally, physical gifts must be mentioned.  All kids love getting presents.  But rather than purchase a new toy each week, try some of these simple gifts: salt dough creations, sharing your craft supplies, letting them play with some of your office stuff, showing them your special treasures and collectibles, imagination time (just because you’re a grownup doesn’t mean you don’t have an imagination!), and cooking together.  Letting the kids participate in your life, with your stuff is such a treat to them!

What fun activities do you do with your kids?  What memory treasures do you have as a parent?  Share your thoughts below!

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2 thoughts on “Loving Your Kids

  1. Great reminders for moms! Have you read the Five Love Languages? It’s about how people give and receive love. It’s been invaluable to our family of 6 in helping us be intentional with each other (and not having infinite time in which to do it!)

    Liking the focus on communication this week, both here and about business comm.

    And glad you’re feeling better!

    • Thanks Laurie! I can’t wait to read it. It’s been one of those books I’ve had on my “to read” list for some time and haven’t gotten around to it, but I will put it on the top of my list!

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