130 Everyday Ways to Say I Love You to Your Kids

Don’t miss this AWESOME list of 130 practical ways to say I love you to your kids! SO many great ideas here… what a great way to connect with your kids at any age and grow your parent-child bond! Must-read for parents!

76) Praise her publicly (unless she’d be embarrassed by it, then do it privately).

77) Ask his opinion.

78) Remind her that she has a purpose.

79) Do that thing he wants to do.

80) Put a note of encouragement in his lunchbox.

81) Make believe together.

82) Call her to say “I miss you” when you’re out of town.

83) Make cookies just because.


84) Volunteer as the team mom.

85) Apologize when you’ve messed up.

86) Remind him how deep and rich God’s love is for him.

87) Share the story (again) of how you met his father.

88) Give tough love when she needs it.

89) Go stargazing.

90) Wake him up about an hour after he’s gone to bed so you can go out to ice cream.

91) Read a book by flashlight.

92) Share your favorite character trait that she possesses.

93) Make an indoor pillow/blanket fort.

94) Return his angry words with a calm comment.

95) Go camping.

96) Give her a hug.


97) Give him his space when he needs it.

98) Tell him a story of what life was like when you were growing up.

99) Offer to pray for her when she is afraid.

100) Put her picture on your desk.

101) Give him a massage after a hard practice or a hard school day.

102) Show them a random act of kindness.

103) Smile.

104) Play in the pool with him (yes, even get your hair wet!).

105) Remind her that it’s OK to not always have all the answers.

106) Take a selfie together.

107) When necessary, let him try hard and figure it out himself.

109) Wink at her from across the room.

110) Laugh at his (very silly) jokes.

111) Play hide and go seek.

112) Whisper how much you love him in his ear when you’re sitting quietly together.

113) Go to a U-Pick fruit farm or harvest produce from your own yard.

114) Remind him that he’s always good enough.

115) Say please and thank you.

116) Train for a 5K (or other big physical challenge) together.

117) Go on a scavenger hunt.

118) Write “You got this!” on a sticky note and put it on the bathroom mirror.

119) Do a seasonal craft together.

120) Post something awesome about her on social media.

121) Make silly faces together.


122) Play outside together.

123) Simply say, “I understand.”

124) Start a journal together to share favorite memories.

125) Share with him the story of his birth.

126) Buy her a special treat unexpectedly.

127) Have a staring contest.

128) Play I Spy.

129) Ask, “What is your favorite thing we’ve done on vacations together?”

130) Keep his school memorabilia in one place and pull it out from time to time (to tell him how proud you are!).

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Speaking of telling loved ones we love them… you’ll love this list of 130 Ways to Tell Your Spouse “I Love You”!

Whoa—you won’t believe the sheer number of ideas in this resource! SO MANY great ways to EASILY show your husband or wife how much your love them! Every married person needs to read this… great jumpstart for any marriage!

And don’t forget to pin this post and so you can share these ideas with other parents!


About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including Crosswalk.com.Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Mother of 3 - September 1, 2016 Reply

I love this! Pinned and I’ll be back to print off the list (when I get near my printer).

Karen Del Tatto - September 1, 2016 Reply

Thanks for sharing!

I have read the Love Languages for Children which is so helpful in knowing the ways our children feel love.

Audrey - September 2, 2016 Reply

All those little things are sometimes more meaningful than the actual words. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

JoDitt - September 2, 2016 Reply

What a fantastic list! Oh, how important it is for our children to know we love them. Thanks.

Melinda - September 2, 2016 Reply

These are all fabulous!! My faves are using the Scriptures, and praying!!
Happy Blessed Home

Ginger Harrington - September 7, 2016 Reply

What a fabulous list. I have always enjoyed keeping a file of idea starters. We frequently need a little inspiration to break up the normal. Visiting you from Grace and Truth–yes I’m way behind. i’ll enjoy sharing your post.

    Alicia Michelle - September 8, 2016 Reply

    Hi Ginger! Thank you so much! We ALL need inspiration (and I’m the first to raise my hand on that!). And I appreciate the share! 🙂 Blessings to you!

Adelien Tan - September 7, 2016 Reply

A wonderful list for every parent to be better parents through the point of view of children. Simple things can build better relationship as well. Thank you for sharing at Family Fun Friday.

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled - September 8, 2016 Reply

After a sorta rough evening with the kids, reading this makes me feel like not such a nutty mom as I do, or have done, many of these on the list. It’s a good reminder that it’s often the little things that are most important. Visiting from Funtastic Friday.

    Alicia Michelle - September 10, 2016 Reply

    Ha!! Yes, great point. I feel that way too some days. We are doing a better job than we think we are, right?!

Aimee - September 8, 2016 Reply

I love this idea, Alicia. Our kids are very different from each other and they need to be assured of my love for them. Thanks for linking up with Grace and Truth.

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