My number one goal as a mom is to make sure my children know I love them. As parents, we can tell them we love them, but often our actions speak louder than our words.
1. Leave a love note on their pillow.
2. Speak highly of them in front of others and publicly.
3. When you are “dropping your child off” in the car line at school, keep driving instead of stopping and have a mommy/child day doing some of their favorite things.
4. Allow them to select the menu for a special meal.
5. Pick a scripture verse that exemplifies qualities you see in your child and write it out for them on special paper or on a notecard they can keep.
6. Write or record your child’s birth story.
7. Reward them tangibly with gifts.
8. Make a date with your child and be intentional in affirming them during this time.
9. Talk about your favorite memories with them.
10. Text your teen your top 10 favorite things about him or her in a top 10 list.
11. Affirmation yard attack! Put signs in the front yard. On the signs, write the qualities you love most about your child—one per sign.
12. Make a short video on your phone talking about what you most love about them or your favorite memories with them.
13. Have their siblings and their dad write down “5 things I love about you” and then put them all together in a card or journal.
14. Make a scrapbook all about them.
15. Create a How You’ve Grown poster. Choose pictures of different stages in their life and things they love. Use magazine cutouts, photos, scrapbook materials, etc.
16. Give a stack of “Open When” letters in envelopes that say, “Open when you need encouragement,” or “Open when you need to laugh,” or “Open when you are having a good day.”
17. Write little messages of encouragement on sticky notes and put them where they won’t expect to find them.
18. Make a blessing jar for them. In the jar, put encouraging notes and Scriptures and things you love about them, plus favorite memories as well as their favorite candies or other goodies.
19. Put a banana in their lunchbox and write a message on it with markers.
20. Write on the bathroom mirror in lipstick so they find encouraging words from you when they wake up in the morning.
What other fun ideas do you have to let your kids know they are loved?