If you’re reading this, there’s no doubt that you love your child. Sometimes we need reminders of ways to show our kids love. Well, I can’t speak for you. I know I love my children, and I wanted a create a reminder to show MY kids I love them. It’s easy to get distracted and take the fact you love them for granted. I never want to take my children for granted so, for this week’s checklist I’ve come up with 10 Ways to Show My Kids I Love Them.
My list includes:
- Be around more (be present). I want to be physically present more. When my daughter comes home from school, for meal times, etc.
- Be completely focused during conversations (be present… no looking at screens!) I want to be completely mentally present. I want to look my kids in the eyes when I have conversations with them and not put my attention anywhere else.
- Put love notes in lunch box. This is something that I’ve been doing with my 7 year old. I’ve been lazy recently and have recycled some of my old cards. I’d like to draw her new ones daily.
- Support their goals and dreams. I never want to tell my children to “be realistic.” I want them to know that skies the limit, and I’ve always got their back.
- Say YES to requests for play. This is something I’m stealing from the Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. She decided that every time one of her children said “would you like to play?” she said yes regardless of whatever else she was doing. I’d like to adopt that.
- Say “I love you” often. I do say “I love you,” but could say it more. So I will.
- Tell them what I love/admire about them. I am not sure I’ve been really doing this, but I really admire my kids. I love them, but I also think they’re pretty extraordinary individuals and I want them to know what I see in them.
- Give more hugs & kisses. Hugs & kisses are always a good thing. I never want to feel stingy in this area.
- Listen deeply. When my kids speak to me, I want to listen deeply. I guess this another variation on being present.
- Model & encourage healthy habits (e.g., eating, sleeping). I want to be the healthiest mom I can be for my kids and I want them to know health too. That means I will eat and feed them healthy food, encourage proper bedtimes, and other healthy habits.
Those are the items on my list. What’s on your list? How do you show your kids love. Share in the comments or share on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #52checklistsproject. I can’t wait to find out how you show love.