Children desperately need to know – and to hear in ways they understand and remember – that they’re loved and valued by mom and dad.
All parents are busy. Whether you work outside of the house or in the house you are busy. There are children to feed, laundry to do, bills to pay, toys to be picked up, carpools to drive, and the list is endless. At the end of the day, I often could not even tell you exactly what I did, but I did know that I had not stopped all day. It takes a lot of time and energy to get our children up every day, deal with the day’s activities and then get them back to bed at night! We do this every day in and day out because we love them.
We know how much we love our children. We show it every day by all of things that we do for them. But do our children know how much we really love them? Do they equate all of the things we do with love? I am not sure that all children do. In fact, I might even say that most children don’t.
So what do we do? We listen to the quote by Paul Smally today and find ways, ways in which they will understand, to let them know that we love and value them. There is no one size fits all here. Every child will be different . A good way you might get started is to read The Five Love Languages For Children by Gary Chapman.( and no, I am not being paid for this advertisement 🙂 ) But ultimately, since you know your child better than anyone else, you will be the one to figure out how to show them how much you love and value them in a way in which they will understand.
So…take some time to think about your children and what they need from you in order to feel your love. Once you figure that out, make sure that you stop at least once a day, in your very busy busy lives, to do just that. You will feel good doing it, they will feel good receiving it and you have taken one more step towards having a wonderful relationship with your child.
Have some fun today!