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Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to show your loved ones that you care for them. However, you don’t need a holiday to make someone feel loved. This is something that you should be doing every day. Especially when it comes to your children. With children, it’s important to show them love and nourishment consistently throughout their lives. It’s one of the best and most important gifts you can give them.
Giving your children the gift of love is crucial to their development. However, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. The best ways to give your children the gift of love comes from the simple things you do for them everyday. This will vary from family to family and from child to child. After all, everyone gives and receives love differently. However, here are five simple ideas to help you get started.
Say I love you – This may seem like a no brainer to some people, but for many it’s not. Some parents are more reserved when it comes to sharing the phrase I love with you their children. It’s just not a phrase that comes naturally to some. However, it’s okay to say I love you everyday or even multiple times a day. It’s even better than okay – it’s great! The benefits of your child hearing you say I love you are endless. It boosts their confidence, makes them feel more secure, and improves their mood. I want to challenge you to really evaluate how often you tell your kids you love them. Try to say it at least once a day if not more.
Be present with them – It is so incredibly important to spend time with your children. I’m not just talking about being around them. I’m talking about good quality time where you are present with them. This means putting away your cell phone and actually engaging with them. I know first hand how busy life can be when you are a parent. You’re struggling to find a way to balance work commitments, keep the house clean, cook meals, and take care of your children. It’s a lot! However, it’s crucial to find a little time each day to put all of that aside and be present with them. The memories you make during that time will be ones that you both cherish forever.
Use physical touch – Everyone’s love language is different. Some children feel love most strongly through physical touch. Not mine, but some (read: I’m a sad mom who wants snuggles). Physical touch is such a simple gift to give children. It’s giving them a hug before they leave for school or a kiss before they head to bed. It’s letting them snuggle up to you on the couch while you watch a movie. Sometimes it’s even as simple as letting them hold your hand as you walk down the street. The gift of physical touch makes children feel secure and safe when their parents are near.
Care for them – For some children, actions speak louder than words. That’s why one of the best ways you can show them love is through acts of service. This includes simple tasks like cooking them their favorite meal, packing them a special lunch, or helping them with their homework. As you can see, many of these tasks are things you are already doing everyday. Although they may seem simple to you, these tasks mean the world to your children. They make your children feel protected, cared for, and loved.
Buy them a gift – Many children feel love by receiving gifts. For children who have this love language, it’s not really about the physical gift they are receiving. It’s more about the emotions that the gift conveys. A gift that is completely unique to their needs and wants makes them feel understood on a deeper level. It gives them the sense that they are being heard, that they are important, and most importantly that they are loved. Many people make the mistake of thinking these gifts have to be large or expensive. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Even a gift from the dollar section is capable of filling up your child’s love tank as long as it is perfectly suited to them.
If you are interested in learning more about how to show your children love, then I highly recommend reading the book The 5 Love Languages. It will help you learn more about your child’s personality and how to connect with them. It’s also a great way to learn how to love your spouse. We purchased this book on our first wedding anniversary and it has been a game changer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.