It seems straightforward to show love to your kids. But, every parent and every child is different.
First, your words have an impact. Sarcasm and mocking can be upsetting to your child. Be positive and find kinder ways to communicate that don’t make your child feel inferior.
Second, express gratitude and respect for your child. “Please,” “thank you” and “you’re welcome” are important phrases for communication. They may just help you get that smart device set aside for family time by respectfully making requests.
Additionally, hugging is important. They’re great for expressing love and encouraging physical closeness. Hugs can be calming for parents and children alike.
Schedule family times and be sure to keep them. Give your children the time they need. You’re cultivating the way they succeed in their future relationships.
Listen as Dr. Naveen Mehrotra joins Melanie Cole, MS, in this encore episode from 2018 to share how you can demonstrate your love for your child.