7 Sweet Ways to Show Your Kids How Much You Love Them

These heartfelt ideas go beyond a hug and “I love you.”

By Betsy Voreacos

When it comes to your kids, there can never be too many ways to show them that you love them. Make any day extra special by sharing a few sweet moments like these with your little ones.

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Bake and decorate cookies together.

It’s easy to present a plate of homemade cookies to your kids. But taking the time (and having the patience!) to bake – and decorate! – them together says “I love you” in a whole different way.

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Make homemade cards together.

Everyone deserves a “just because” love note! You can craft special notes for your kids, and help them make some for Dad, friends, teachers, and – of course – siblings too.

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Share the love – with Grandma and Grandpa!

Sometimes the best way to show love is to share it. Book a special kids’ playdate or sleepover with the grandparents so they can enjoy bonding time (and you and your special someone can enjoy a kid-free afternoon or evening, too – everyone wins!).

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Go out for ice cream on a rainy night!

Enjoy the novelty of an unexpected trip to the (totally uncrowded) ice cream parlor for a sweet treat together.

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Watch a movie together – kids’ choice.

Even if you’ve already seen it a dozen times, your present is to be present! And also maybe to pop some popcorn.

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Serve a super supper!

By your kids’ definition, that is. Whether they want pizza and fries, a breakfast-for-dinner spread of pancakes and bacon, or anything that’s all starches and sugar – go ahead and indulge them!

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Surprise them with something unexpected and meaningful.

This can be just about anything that you know they’ll truly appreciate. Pick your child up from school if she usually walks, clean his room if it’s always a mess, let her stay up an hour later to watch a special TV show with you.

What special things do you do to show your kids a little love?

Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.

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