Saturday, January 5, 2013

January's 10 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Show Your Kids You Love Them

Aside from doing all typical things a parent does to show and tell their children to love them, there are plenty of ways to show your kids they're special and you love them. Here are 10 simple and inexpensive ways to do something out of the ordinary to let your kids know you're thinking of them and love them.

1.  Spell it out in Lego blocks...and then spend some time building with them.

Ways to show your kids you love them

2. Involve them in planning family outings, vacations, and goals for the new year.  Let them know their ideas and thoughts are important. 

ways to show your kids you love them

3.  Take them out for a special weekend breakfast and color with them while you wait for your food to arrive.

4.  Hide a little note in their gloves for them to find unexpectedly.  I write on the back of lunchbox notes and tuck them into their gloves or pockets.  It makes for a simple and easy surprise.

ways to show your kids you love them

5.  It's really cold here, but that doesn't stop my kids from missing the pool. Find an indoor pool and spend an afternoon playing until everyone is good and pruny.  We have an aquatic center, community center, and a wellness center all with pools open to the public for a small fee.

6.  Fill a jar, box, or basket with notes that let them know what you love about them.  Leave it on their night table for them to read one each night before bed.

ways to show your kids you love them

7.  Read from a child's devotional or prayer book of your faith each day at breakfast or dinner.  If you're not religious you might consider reading a poem or other peaceful words.

ways to show your kids you love them

8.  Tell them "I love you" in another language...perhaps one they're learning in school. 

9.  Make homemade chicken noodle soup.  Feed it to them in bed when they're sick.  

10.  Make a bookmark that says, "I love you" and give them a new book to read together.

ways to show your kids you love them

Chelsea left a comment and let me know that National Hug Day is January 21st, so hugs those kiddos until they run the other way when they see you coming!



Leslie said...

So many sweet ways to say I love you.

Julie Plemons said...

Very sweet!

Christy said...

Love the Legos!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

What a lovely post - fantastic ideas!

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

I was just thinking about doing this more with my 6 year old who is having a little trouble sharing her time with her 2 year old sister with mommy and daddy, thanks for sharing.

Raising a Happy Child said...

I love these posts of yours. I doubt that my daughter would appreciate chicken soup though - she thinks it's a punishment when we have it :)

Amie (Triple T Mum) said...

Lovely and very 'do-able' ideas. Thank you!

Kasey said...

Lego Love! So cute!

Jennifer said...

So super cute!

Jennifer Dawn Oliver Shelton said...

What sweet ideas! I'd love it if you stopped by my weekly link party and shared this.

Chelsea said...

Did you know Jan 21st is national hug day?? That just has to be added to your list!

Little Wonders' Days said...

Hi Chelsea! No, I didn't know about National Hug Day...I'll have to add it. Thanks for the heads up!

Lenetta Carnes said...

Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It's Weekly Goals Link Up. It's a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. :) Here's the link in case you want to check it out. Thanks again.

Mariel said...

So sweet! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

Jennifer said...

Welcome to a new Linky Party for Kid-Focused Bloggers. Monday Kid Corner is a place to share your kid-friendly activities and crafts. Please join us at See you there!

Valerie GlitteringMuffins said...

What nice ideas you have and so simple, love it!
BTW we featured your post on our blog today (