Originally published on Motherly
By Colleen Temple
“Actions speak louder than words.” How many times have you heard that in your life?
Probably more than you can count.
And we love our children, right? Like to-the-moon-and-back-then-up-to-the-moon-again-and-back-once-more times a million. Aching, overflowing, unconditional, real love.
And as parents, all we want to do is make sure they feel safe, secure and most importantly — loved.
So how can we do that — aside from telling them we love them? How can we put our love into action — every day, in simple, doable ways?
Here are 4 easy ways to show your children you love them:
1. Look them in the eyes.
When they are trying to talk to you, or you’re trying to tell them something—stop what you’re doing, focus on them, get on their level and look them in the eyes. Really see them. Give them your full attention as much as you can.
2. Make physical contact.
Hug them, high five them, cuddle with them, hold their hand, sit on the couch with them, lay with them. Be near them. Let them know you are there. Let them share their affection with you. Their hugs and kisses are the best!
3. Compliment them.
Let them know they’re doing a good job with something. Let them know how awesome they are. Be specific with your praise. Give compliments throughout the day. Build up their self-confidence and teach them to love themselves. That’s first taught at home.
4. Thank them.
Let them know you appreciate it when they listen to you, when they’re being nice to their sibling, when they’ve apologized for something. Thank them for being the great kid that they are. Help them feel validated and good about themselves.