12 ways to show your kids you LOVE them!

Spending time with your kids is an integral part of having a healthy family bond and happy children. Here is a list of ways we can make our kids smile, create memories and build their self-esteem.  The benefits are endless, so set aside some time and share it with your kids.

  1. GHOST your kids: It is not what you think. If you can’t be there physically, you can still show up. Let your children know that you care. Put a special note in their lunch box or backpack. Get a free emoji lunch box note printable here. With the help of technology, we can easily make a video or facetime/skype our kids when we are not around.
  2. Take a break– Take moments in the day to take a play/read break. Use a timer if you need to and make the most of quality, not quantity.
  3. Schedule family time into your day so everyone knows what to expect. You can enjoy each other’s company without stressing about the time.
  4. Be more interactive. You can make dinner together. Teach them to play dominoes and backgammon, or have a picnic in the park.
  5. Include your kids in your hobby and teach them to enjoy it, too.  Share with them why YOU love it.
  6. One on one time: Plan a date or outing with your kids alone. Involve them and plan something special together.  Do something you both enjoy.   You can get dressed up and go to a show, get tickets to a sporting event, or make a new ceramic or painting at a studio. It can also be as simple as taking one kid to breakfast or creating a secret handshake with your child.
  7. The morning commute to school is a great time to talk to your kids. Make it fun and interesting and pose a question in the car to start the conversation. In our house, we have a list of questions by the front door so we can read it before we leave and talk about the question and answer on the way to school.
  8. Help your kids with their homework.  Your kids will cherish the personal attention and you get to keep up with how they are doing in school.
  9. Play dress up: Put on a bandana and eye patch and use dramatic play to step into their Pirate world for a while. Who doesn’t like a tea party?
  10. Build a secret fort with pillows and blankets and hide inside pretending to hide from the dog or Dad.
  11. Play outside with your kids: Take your dog to the park and throw the ball around. It is a simple way for everyone to enjoy themselves together.
  12. Let your kids express themselves:  Whether they express themselves through their clothes, their bedroom decor or their art always support their freedom of expression.  Create a dress up drawer or check out a thrift shop to foster their creativity. The acceptance for their choices will mean the world to them and foster confidence and self esteem.  Don’t worry they will change their “style” a lot!

Sometimes the best thing I can do for my daughter is curl up on the sofa and give her a cuddle.  In the end, they just want to know you are there for them.

How do you spend time with your family?  Please share!




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  1. I just spent a whole weekend with mostly just my mum as my dad and my sisters where away and it was just amazing! Just like cooking together or taking a walk and talking was just what I needed. There are so many ways to show your love and your tips are really great!
    Lea, xx

    1. Hi Lea,
      So glad you had bonding time with your Mum. It is so important to have those one on one moments. Nice to hear from you.

  2. I absolutely love and agree with your ideas! It doesn’t have to be something expensive or elaborate to show your love!

    1. Hi Jenn,
      I definitely agree. It’s the spending time together that makes the difference. Thank you for commenting!

  3. It was always the little things that made me feel the most love. Even if I didn’t feel it at the time. The cups of tea that would appear whilst I was revising. The snacks they’d pretend not to see that I’d snuck in the trolley. The fact my mum would rub my back for hours even though her arm must have been falling off. Those little things xx

    Sophia x http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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