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Loving on Your Kids

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I wanted to compile a list of ways we can love on our kids, not just at Valentine’s Day, but year-round. As parents, sometimes I think we forget to put on the perspective of our children and remember what it was like to be the child, so I enlisted my children for help with this list. I want to make sure that I’m communicating love to them in a way they understand and receive it. I bet you want to do the same with your kids.

Here are their answers, with a few of mine sprinkled in:

  1. Go to their special events
  2. Take time off work to be with them
  3. Put notes in their lunchbox
  4. Or go to their school and have lunch with them
  5. Reward them when you catch them doing something good
  6. Spend time snuggling together, either watching a movie or reading a book
  7. On their birthday, serve their favorite foods
  8. Make desserts together
  9. Help them with school projects
  10. Do surprise dates/outings
  11. Have a family game night every Saturday
  12. Spend time doing crafts
  13. Play their favorite songs in the car
  14. Play outside games together, like races
  15. Watch movies with popcorn
  16. Do fun challenges (Note: my kids love YouTube kids and get lots of ideas for challenges. Beware if your kids ask you to do the Beanboozled challenge!)
  17. Play dress up
  18. Help get their lunchboxes ready
  19. Spend time together
  20. Play together
  21. Clean up toys together
  22. Play Legos
  23. Take them to McDonald’s for a Happy Meal
  24. Occasionally surprise them with little gifts
  25. Volunteer in their class
  26. Play music and dance together
  27. Buy their favorite breakfast cereal
  28. Give hugs and kisses
  29. Speak encouraging words
  30. Know their love language. Click here for a previous post on this topic.

As parents, we need to make sure we are loving on our children every day, no matter their age. There are so many ways we can do this and I hope this list gets your creative juices flowing. We don’t always have to love on our kids in a fancy, expensive way like buying toys or going on a luxurious vacation. It’s often the small things, like spending time together every day, that helps them feel secure and loved.

About Andrea Fortenberry

Andrea Fortenberry lives near Phoenix, Arizona with her husband of eleven years and two children, ages eight and five. She writes and speaks on marriage, motherhood and ministry. She has a journalism degree from Pepperdine University and is a graduate of She Speaks, a program for writers and speakers through Proverbs 31 Ministries. Andrea was recently published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives. Visit her website at

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