As moms, we often wonder how our kids will turn out and if we’re doing this thing right. We remember all the mistakes we’ve made, and we don’t know if we’ve done enough good to outweigh the bad. Will our kids be in therapy because of us? Will we scar them for life?
The truth is, what our kids need most from us is love – but how can we show them we really love them? Let us count the simple ways…
1. Write lunchbox notes.
Tucking a little note into your kids’ lunchbox or backpack is a simple way to let them know you’re thinking about them even when you’re apart. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a simple handwritten “I love you” can be just what they need to get them through the day with a little reminder of you and of home. No matter how their day is going, a lunchbox note provides physical evidence of love from someone who’s in their corner.
2. Pay attention when they’re talking.
We have so many things on our minds that it’s easy to zone out while our kids are talking. But the years go by quickly, and there will come a day when our kids won’t be right there to tell us their crazy dreams or dumb jokes. Personally, I don’t care about cartoons or Minecraft, but these things matter to my kids and they want to talk about them. So because I care about my kids, I try to listen without letting my eyes glaze over too much.
3. Hug and kiss when you see them after school.
Whether you work or you’re a stay-at-home mom, chances are you’re tired by the time you see your kids after school. Maybe you’re on the phone at pickup or you’re busy cooking dinner when they walk in the door, but don’t miss this once-a-day opportunity. Show your kids you value them by stopping whatever you’re doing to greet them with hugs and kisses. Physical affection can go a long way toward helping your child feel loved and secure.
Source: Parent Society | Robyn Tellefsen