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Our days get busy and each day becomes a routine. Wake up, get ready, get kids ready, rush them out the door, head to work, get home, make dinner. It’s a routine that is easy to fall into and we can forget to let those around us know how much they mean to us. Show your kids how important they are to you, do little things to let them know how much they matter.

Here are 100 Ways To Show Your Kids You Love Them:   

  1. Say “I love you” often.
  2. Pay attention to them when they are talking to you.
  3. Have a dance party.
  4. Sit with them and read stories together.
  5. Ask what the best part of their day has been.
  6. Sing to/with them. This can go along with your dance party or simply singing in the car!
  7. Play along with them, whether it is blocks, coloring or video games.
  8. Play together in the sprinkler.
  9. Tell them that you trust them.
  10. If you are wrong, say you are sorry.
  11. Play in the rain and splash in the puddles together.
  12. Refrain from comparing them to other children and assure they that they are the best “them” there is and ever will be.
  13. Let them do your hair, from brushing up to putting in barrettes and bows.
  14. Roll on the floor with them.
  15. Laugh and giggle about silly things with them.
  16. Each time you greet your child, touch them. This could be their arm, back, hair or anything else.
  17. Tell your child each day that you are grateful to have them.
  18. Go into detail about what you love about your child. Focus on what makes them different and unique.
  19. Laugh with your child.
  20. Brag about your child to others when your child can hear.
  21. Never allow your child to hear you say something negative about them.
  22. Put little notes in their lunch box.
  23. Meet their friends and get to know them.
  24. Spend a few moments cuddling with them when they first wake up. If they are older, you may want to spend a moment or two rubbing their back until they wake up.
  25. Make their favorite meal and let them know you made it because you know it is their favorite.
  26. Allow them to help pick out and shop for a special surprise for the other parent.
  27. Hang up their artwork they give you.
  28. Place a sticker on your child’s shirt and tell them that when they see it throughout the day to remember you love them.
  29. Always take your kids phone calls, whether you are at the store, work or wherever.
  30. Don’t make promises you can’t keep.
  31. Make it a priority to go to every performance or game that you child is a part of.
  32. Be your child’s biggest fan, even if they make a mistake.
  33. Focus on your child’s strengths and try to refrain from bringing up the weaknesses.
  34. Give your child compliments in from of their friends.
  35. Be courteous and kind to your children.
  36. Volunteer and involve your children.
  37. Participate in marches for causes that would be interesting to your child.
  38. Never laugh at your child’s dreams and goals.
  39. Teach your child the importance of car safety and ensure they always see you following the rules.
  40. Bring your child with you to work.
  41. Ask your child’s opinion and ask them why they feel that way or would choose that answer.
  42. Subscribe to a magazine your child will enjoy in their name.
  43. Allow your child to help you cook dinner.
  44. Go talk to the school if you are not happy with your child’s teacher or feel they are not getting the help that they need.
  1. Take them to a movie they want to see.
  2. Go a treasure hunt through the house looking for change then take them to the arcade to spend their findings!
  3. Go for a walk together and let them lead a conversation.
  4. Frame a picture of the two of you together and place it in their room.
  5. Play a board game with them.
  6. Make them a card and send it in the mail to them.
  7. Build a fort together.
  8. Allow them to stay up late and watch a movie together.
  9. Do something silly that will make them laugh.
  10. Have their favorite treat ready for them when they get off school.
  11. Greet them when they walk in the room.
  12. Take a day off of all electronics and do fun things together.
  13. Pick them up from school early and take them for a special lunch or afternoon away.
  14. Take them to the store and allow them to pick all the ingredients to make banana splits.
  15. Have rootbeer floats.
  16. Take your child out for a “date night” by going to do something fun together.
  17. Allow your kid to help you write out a menu for the week and then go grocery shopping for all the ingredients.
  18. Take your kids to visit a local fire or police station to bring a treat for them to show them you appreciate how they take care of the community.
  19. Go feed the ducks with a day old loaf of bread.
  20. Build paper airplanes and test them out.
  21. Go to the library and pick out books to read or movies.
  22. Make some sandwiches and go have a picnic in the park.
  23. Do a mani/pedi at home with your daughter.
  24. Paint pottery together.
  25. Encourage giving “just because” gifts. Take them to the dollar store to buy supplies to make little gifts for close friends and family.
  26. Lay in the grass and look at the stars one evening.
  27. Look for shapes in the clouds.
  28. Use magnetic words/letters to leave a note for them on the fridge.
  29. Read their baby book with them.
  30. Use window markers to leave a note for them on their bathroom mirror.
  31. Always validate their feelings, even if you think it’s silly.
  32. Tell them funny stories about when they were smaller.
  33. Set up some blocks or toys in a scene for them to walk into their room and find.
  34. Share the story of their birth.
  35. Share with them how you picked out their name.
  36. Play hop scotch.
  37. Play I Spy while in the car.
  38. Car dance with the kids to a funny song.
  39. Teach your child how to whistle.
  40. Make up names for the birds you see.
  41. Smile at them often.
  42. Tuck them in every night.
  43. Eat meals together. as a family without electronics.
  44. Have a sense of humor.
  45. High five often.
  46. Give your kids a thumbs up.
  47. Don’t expect perfection.
  48. Don’t be afraid to say no. Kids need discipline.
  49. Help them with their homework.
  50. Have them teach you how to do a math problem or other work.
  51. Protect them, but also allow to venture out on their own to explore.
  52. Sit down and watch their favorite show, even if you really don’t like it.
  53. Play 21 Questions to get to know them more.
  54. Clean their room for them while they are gone to school.
  55. Bring some special cookies or snacks to them when they are playing with their friends.
  56. Have a mug of hot cocoa with marshmallows for no reason.

Harrington, Jamie (2015, November 6).  100 Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them (Blog Post).  Retrieved from:  http://totallythebomb.com/100-ways-show-kids-love

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