- Give hugs and kisses before leaving for work
- Take time each day to be with your child. Turn off the cell, TV, and any other distractions, and just be with your child.
- Sit down and have a snack with your child.
- Have mommy-child or daddy-child date nights.
- Have a bedtime routine that you are involved in that can include tucking in, saying prayers, or singing songs.
- Be available when your child needs you.
- Share the happy-parts and sad-parts from each other’s day.
- Say “I love you” at the end of a conversation, and when leaving
- When disciplining a child you can say, “I don’t like what you did there and there will be a consequence, but it does not change how much I love you.”
- Know your child’s love language. Some will need verbal praise, others will need acts of service, and some will like doing something with you.
21 June 2013
The many ways to say, ‘I love you’ to a child
By showing and telling our children that we love and care for them, can help children feel safe and secure at home and away from home; and it can also help prevent socially unacceptable and deviant behaviours.