5 ways to make your child feel loved
Parenting is the toughest gig out there! I’m by no means the picture of perfection when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I don’t spend enough time with my kids, or stick them in front of the TV so I can get things done. It happens to all of us! Despite all the difficulty that comes with parenting, there is only one thing you need to worry about. Does your child feel loved? If the answer is yes, then you’re not doing so bad right? It’s easy to get caught up in disciplining, teaching, and caring for them that we forget to provide them with love and nurturing. Whether you have a toddler or an adult, it’s important to make sure your kids feel loved. I’m sharing with you 5 ways to make your kids feel loved no matter what their age is!
Spend one on one time together
One of the best ways to make your child feel loved is by spending quality one on one time with them. This is especially important if you have more than one child! If that’s the case, your kids probably don’t get to spend a lot of time with just you or your spouse. Take your child on a mommy or daddy date for the day just the two of you. This is a fun way to spend time together, and your children will love it!
Write them a note
If you don’t have a lot of extra time on your hands, or you just want to make a small gesture, writing your children little notes are a great way to show them how much you care! It’s even better if they’re not suspecting it! Leave them a little handwritten note in their backpack or lunch before school, or on the mirror in the bathroom. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes.
Sit down and talk with them
When your kids get home from school, set out time to just sit and talk with them about their day. Questions such as “how was your day?” probably aren’t going to get you very far. You’ll be lucky if you get anything more than good or it was okay. Ask them specific questions such as “who did you play with at recess?” or “who did you eat lunch with?” After a long day at school, they might not remember every little detail which makes this perfect! Your children will feel like you really want to hear about their day, and will be excited to share the juicy details!
Let your kids pick
Whether it’s the music in the car or what to have for dinner, letting your kids decide things for a change can be a big gesture. Sometimes their voices are the last to get heard, which can make them feel like their opinions don’t matter. When planning your meals for the week ask them for any special requests, or ask them to give input on family vacations.
Allow occasional special days
Special days don’t have to be anything fancy. It can just mean an extra hour to play before bedtime, or no chores that day. Whatever you choose for the special day, it will make your kids excited, guaranteed! Our kids look forward to Saturdays because we let them stay up one hour later!
You don’t have to spend tons of time or money in order to make your children feel loved and special. Just spend a little time listening to what they have to say, and look for ways to make them feel important.