From love to little things: How to make each of your kids feel special

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As a parent, sometimes you may feel like you’re not doing enough to make your kids feel special.

You love them with all of your heart, but sometimes it’s hard to articulate that in words or actions that they will understand.

Small gestures can mean a lot to kids, and showing them that you love and appreciate them is one of the greatest things you can do as a parent. Here are some simple ways to make each of your kids feel special, no matter what age they are.

Kids need attention

All kids need attention. It might seem like they’re vying for it all the time, but that’s because they’re constantly seeking affirmation from their parents.

They want to know that they’re loved, and they want to feel special. So how can you give them that attention? It doesn’t have to be anything big or flashy. Just a few small things here and there can make a world of difference.

Some ideas: Have breakfast together every morning. Hug them and tell them how much you love them before you leave for work. Dedicate time to just hanging out with them—no phones, no screens, just you and your kid.

Special talents should be celebrated

Each of your kids is special in its way, and you should celebrate their talents and achievements.

Maybe one of your kids is a whiz at math, or they can sing like an angel. Whatever it is, make sure you take the time to tell them how proud you are. Let them know that you think they’re amazing and that you’re grateful for their presence in the family.

When kids feel loved and appreciated, they shine even brighter. So start celebrating your kids’ special talents today—you won’t regret it!

Encourage independence
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Kids love feeling like they can do things on their own, and they love knowing that they’re capable of handling things on their own. So start giving them some chores to do, and let them make some decisions for themselves.

It might be as simple as letting them choose what they want to wear for the weekend or letting them take over the kitchen for a day. Giving them a little bit of control will make them feel good about themselves and remind them that their opinions matter.

Verbal affirmations

One of the simplest (and most effective) ways to make your kids feel special is to give them positive affirmation. Tell them that you love them, tell them that you’re proud of them, and tell them that you believe in them.

Don’t underestimate the power of words. When we hear our parents say things like “I’m so proud of you” or “I know you can do it,” it makes us feel like we can accomplish anything. So go ahead and shower your kids with some verbal love.

Physical touch

Nothing beats a good old-fashioned hug.

You may not think that physical touch is enough, but it is. From the time they’re born, kids need to feel loved and safe. And what better way to show them that you love them than by wrapping your arms around them and giving them a little squeeze?

Not only does it make them feel good emotionally, but it has some pretty amazing physical benefits too. Hugging helps to release oxytocin, which is sometimes called the “cuddle hormone.” Oxytocin has all sorts of awesome benefits, like reducing stress, improving moods, and even helping to fight off infection.

All kids crave attention and love, and sometimes it’s hard to show each one of them that we care in the same way. But, thankfully, there are small things we can do each day to make our kids feel special and remind them that they’re loved. So take some time today to think of a small way you can make your kid feel loved and appreciated. It might be as simple as telling them you love them, making them breakfast in bed, or taking them on a one-on-one outing. No matter what you do, just make sure it comes from the heart. Because that’s what kids need—love and attention.

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