Highlighting all the Love Language – 25 different ways to show love beyond just saying I love you! Although hearing I love you is important, all people need to be shown love in a variety of ways. What a great way to celebrate LOVE with your children! Fill your kids, and your own, emotional tank for all five love languages. Everyone benefits when family comes first when you consider 25 ways to say I love you!
- Gather the child into arms and hold them to say hello or goodbye.
- Stroke child’s hair or rub back when telling you about a difficult day.
- Snuggle on couch while watching a movie.
- Play games – football, basketball, soccer – that require physical touch.
- Sing action songs that involve dancing, spinning or clapping.
WORDS Of AFFIRMATION
- Add a post-it to lunch meal.
- Ask child dream for the future? Encourage them in ways that pursue their dreams, e.g. I want to be doctor; Parent: I think you will be a good doctor because you care about people.
- Take a picture of a creation and frame with a note highlighting what creation means to you.
- Create a special term of affection that is just for the two of you.
- When child is down, list five reasons proud of them.
QUALITY, FOCUS, UNDVIDED TIME
- Include in daily activities such as a laundry, shopping or yardwork – may take longer but the time benefit is huge.
- Stop and make eye contact when discuss something important.
- Find silly stories or jokes to laugh with each other and laugh a lot.
- Watch child’s favorite show with them.
- Plan a campout in living room complete with special foods and a flashlight.
GIFTS SMALL AND SPECIFIC TO INDIVIDUAL
- Make a meal you know your child likes or their favorite dessert.
- Put your afterschool snack on a special plate each day.
- Give your child a song that reminds you on them.
- Create a treasure hunt for a gift that includes a map and clues to find the surprise.
- Create a special drawer where they can keep their special treasures whether that is a bird feather or pack of gum.
ACTS OF SERVICE
- Help child practice for sport teams such as pitch and catch or free throws.
- Sit down and help kid with computer problems.
- Start a birthday meal tradition where you make their favorite meal for their birthday.
- Make a list of kids favorite things to do and do one unexpectedly.
- Work together to study for test or quiz. Use flashcards until confident with materials.