Because children are all different, finding ways to say I love you to your kids can sometimes be complex. Especially when you’re a parent to several children at once.
Despite the fact that I am a busy (and imperfect!) mom, I know my number one job as a parent is to tell my kids one simple thing: I love you.
That’s why I recently wrote down a list of 130 ways to say I love you to my kids.
Every parent needs creative ways to say I love you, right?
P.S. Don’t miss this list of 130 ways to say I love you to your spouse too!
And that’s exactly what this list has!
- practical ideas for everyday connection
- fun ways to connect with your kids at any stage
- simple ways to grow your parent-child bond
Let these ideas re-focus your daily intentions, priorities and to-dos.
Let them help you stay true to being the type of parent you want to be!
5 Ways to Use This List of Ways to Say I Love You to Your Kids
1) Keep a printed copy of the list (get one here! )on your fridge as a reminder.
2) Choose 30 things from the list and do 1 thing everyday for the next 30 days.
3) Print out the list and mark which idea would be the best way to say I love you to your kids. Then plan to do one idea a week for each child.
4) Read through the list with your children. Ask them which ideas would make them feel most loved, and then plan to implement one of those ideas.
5) Let these ways to say I love you be a springboard for other ideas you may have to show your children love!
Ready to see the list of 130 ways to say I love you to your kids?! Yes–there’s 130 of them here!
I know that these ideas are going to help you grow closer to your kids, and that even if you implement a fraction of these ideas, your kids will feel that much more special and loved!
130 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Kids
NOTE: Remember, just as every child is different, there are no right or wrong answers here.
However, it needs to be said that sometimes a parent has to show love in a way that’s may not always “feel” loving to a child. This kind of tough love is just as important as the more obvious forms of love!
Therefore, what’s the best way to show love to a child in a given moment? Seek God’s wisdom on how to best authentically love your child for each stage of his life.
With this in mind, here’s the list of 130 ideas!
May they inspire you to love your child more fully, and more often too!
P.S. CLICK HERE to download the printable version of this list so it’s always handy!
1) Play your child’s favorite board game.
2) Stop what you’re doing and truly listen to him.
3) Be transparent and authentic.
4) Be willing to see it from her point of view.
6) Come home from work early.
7) Teach her to knit or crochet.
8) Draw with sidewalk chalk outside.
9) Take him with you on an errand.
10) Work in the garden together.
11) Hold her hand.
12) Work on a sewing project together.
13) Go for a bike ride.
14) Kiss her on the cheek.
15) Go for a walk.
16) Help him practice his sports skills at home.
17) Play an instrument together.
18) Look her in the eyes.
19) Take her clothes shopping.
20) Cheer extra loudly at their sports practice or games.
21) Tell him, “I’m so proud of you.”
22) Wrestle on the floor together.
23) Exercise together regularly.
24) Share a blanket together while watching a movie.
25) Read a book aloud.
26) Ask her to tell you about her favorite book.
27) Encourage her with scripture, especially on the hard days.
28) Surprise him with that item he’s been wanting.
29) Let her pick what’s for dinner tonight.
30) Be spontaneous.
31) Ask him what he wants to be when he grows up.
32) Hold your tongue when you want to be overly critical.
33) Be on time.
34) Let him help make dinner.
35) Laugh together at your favorite movie.
36) Share a story about when you were a child.
37) Teach him how to study the Bible for himself.
38) Listen without talking.
39) Fill up water balloons and play baseball with the balloons.
40) Play his favorite video game with him in dual-player mode.
41) Say a silly tongue twister together.
42) Pray together for something that’s troubling him.
43) Hold her when she cries.
44) Find fun rainy day activities and play them together.
45) Draw a picture together (here’s some fun drawing/coloring books!).
46) Offer grace for his mistakes.
48) Make his favorite dessert.
49) Play family games like these.
50) Have a snowball fight.
51) Play dolls with her.
52) Crank up his favorite song and sing along (unless he’s a tween and “too embarrassed,” then just crank it up).
53) Play one-on-one basketball with him.
54) Race toy cars down a long hall.
55) Host a family movie night (check out this list of family friendly movies with activities for each!).
56) Go to a park and play on the swings or playground together.
P.S. Overwhelmed by the number of ideas? NO PROBLEM! CLICK HERE to download a printable version so you don’t have to remember them all!
57) Sing a bedtime song (we sing our own version of “Jesus Loves Me” each night to our youngest kids).
58) Be extra silly with him.
59) Make her favorite snack.
60) Help her rearrange her room.
61) Say yes to “just one more” story.
62) Take him on a mommy-child date.
63) Host a tea party (fancy or not!) with her friends.
64) Go on a hike.
65) Give her a mini-makeover.
66) Cook his favorite breakfast.
67) Work together to do a kind deed (here’s a list of 67 Random Acts of Kindness).
68) Do a puzzle together.
69) Set firm but loving boundaries.
70) Collect fall leaves and other natural items to make “leaf animals” and a banner like this.
71) Lower your tone and speak softer.
72) Put a puzzle together.
73) Send a text that says, “I love you.”
74) Celebrate a success, no matter how small.
75) Braid/style her hair in a fun way.
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.
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!).
P.S. Make it easy to remember all these ideas! DOWNLOAD THE CHEAT SHEET so you can have the ideas ready to go!
Speaking of telling loved ones we love them… you’ll love this list of 130 Ways to Tell Your Spouse “I Love You”!
And don’t forget to pin this post and so you can share these ideas with other parents!