Ways Parents Can Express How Much They Care for Kids

There is no doubt about the fact that parenting changes your life. Having children gives you a perspective on life and love that you’ve never had before. The experience can be one of life’s most fulfilling endeavours.

At the same time, the knowledge that you’re responsible for raising a human being into an adult who is caring and empathetic isn’t something that makes this endeavour easy. Many parents have wished that there were a manual to parenting. You could avoid making so many mistakes. More importantly, you would know exactly what to say and do in any given situation.

Thanks to the confusion that everyday life brings, it can become difficult for parents to show their children that they care. Sometimes they take the easy way out and use money as a means of showing their love. However, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to show your children how much you care. Here are some ways in which you can do it.

Boast About Them

It is a good idea to let your children overhear you talking about them to a friend, relative or spouse. Make sure that they hear only good stuff about themselves. Talk them up a bit and don’t let them know that you know that they’re listening. It makes for a great moment for your children to realize how proud you are of them and reinforces their bond with you while boosting their self-esteem.

Make Them Join You in the Kitchen

You may have noticed them trailing around after you, offering to ‘help’. Take them up on the offer. Depending upon their age, hand them certain tasks to do. Ask the younger ones to beat the icing and help spread it. You can lick the beaters together once you’re done. Older children can help man the stove or snow peas, provided there is supervision for the former. It gets everyone together in the same room, talking and having fun. Don’t worry about the mess — there will definitely be one, but you can clean it up together.

Be Unexpected

Give them treats when they don’t expect it and for no reason at all. Teach them that they matter to you outside of doing well in academics or sports or both. You don’t love them because they are high-achievers; you love them because they are your children and nothing ever changes that. So surprise them — make their favourite dessert, take them to a movie they’ve wanted to watch or simply give them a day off from chores. Remember, this isn’t the reward system — that is different. This is ‘just because’. The look on their faces should be well worth the effort.

Set Guidelines

This is true especially when you have teens in the house. No one likes talking about guidelines but the fact of the matter is that they are needed, even when your children don’t ask for them. Your children need a sense of security and the guidelines you have give them that security. Talk to your children and ensure that the guidelines you have in place are reasonable and fair. This doesn’t mean that the guidelines should be flexible. They need to be firm to give the sense of security. Don’t give in to whining.

Give Unconditional Love

Children push you, none more so than teens and adolescents. They are slaves to strange trends and even stranger friends. One day you’ll find them with hair dyed black and another with the baggiest of clothes on. The language they use may not even sound like English to you. Their music will leave you scratching your head. They are trying to find their own identity, one that is completely separate from yours. They may not be going about it in the best way, but this is where they need to know that no matter how bizarre they become, they have your love and support. While their behaviour will cross lines and you should be strict about that, never let them feel that they aren’t loved.

Raising children isn’t an exact science, simply because each child is different. What works with one may not work with the other. But the need to know that their parents care for them is universal. There are many different ways in which you can tell your children how much you care. Base your methods on each individual child, so that no one feels left out.

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