11 Ways to Show the Love
Does your love for your baby just make you want to burst?! Here are 10 sweet ways to express your affection for your little one. Everyone say it together now: Awwwwwwww!
It’s that simple—just say it. Morning, noon, day, night. No matter what, you must say those three not-so-little words. Even if your child makes a mistake. Saying “I love you” does not mean we approve of everything our children do, but rather that we love them in spite of what they do. Now isn’t that beautiful?
Write letters, notes/post-its, cards, posters, in baby books, on a mirror, or in a lunch. Writing is magic—it tells a child, “I thought about you while I was not with you!” It says the same thing today that it says tomorrow, that it says next year. And when you write, you can say it very carefully and precisely. Baby too young to read it now? One day he won’t be.
Make clothes, play dough animals, LEGOs, doll clothes, tapes, cakes, cards, burgers, models, cars, or collections. Make things for your kids and make things with them. Don’t be surprised if some great conversations happen while you are sharing time creating something with a child. Every parent ought to have at least one hobby to share with each child, an activity that is unique to that relationship.
Laugh! Play cards, Pictionary, charades, hide-and-seek, peek-a-boo, have water fights. Start traditions built around play. Every year at a special time, go camping, to an event, or to a special fun place. Go out to dinner every Tuesday night. Let your hair down and play with your kids—it is a justification to be young forever, Mama!
At playgroups, at dinnertime, while they are playing in a park, let ‘em catch you watching just them. Wink, smile, wince, or have a secret wave. Videotape events and then let them see themselves the way you see them.
Stop what you are doing and listen with undivided attention. When children ask questions, give them your attention and answer—or if you can’t stop, give them a time to come back when you can listen with full attention. Let them say what they are trying to say—let them finish, and resist the urge to say it for them even though you think you know what they want to say. Tell me all about it, Baby…
Little kisses, a pat on the back, an arm over the shoulder, or a hug often can be the only way to SHOW kids love. Use them all. “Don’t hug me,” may just mean “Not now,” so hug them later, but don’t stop hugging them—ever.
Be a Role Model
Be like Grandpa and talk back to the TV. Read editorials aloud and offer caring alternatives to the hateful expressions. We cannot allow negative people to win just because they are louder. We must sound off with our beliefs by using negatives in life to serve as an opportunity to teach. And they are listening, Mom. We’re
Actions Speak Louder than Words
Mom, Dad, home, family, friend, honesty, LOVE: your actions will define these and many more words. What are your actions saying? For your children, always and forever, the definition of “MOM” or “DAD” will be what you were and what you did. So Mom = Love.
Teach them this list!
The Golden Rule
The time they most need to hear “I love you” is the time you feel least able to say it. Words to live by. Now go get your love on, Mama!
Babies spend nearly half of their waking time doing things like kicking, bouncing, and waving their arms. And while it may appear all this activity is just for the sake of moving, it's important to realize Baby is never "just moving" or "just playing."view gallery
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