December 07, 2021 7 min read

 

Do you struggle to make your child feel loved and appreciated? Do your daily activities keep you from paying attention to your child?

 

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Your children require a healthy and loving environment to develop into confident and secure adults. For your child to feel loved, you do not need to make spectacular gestures. This article will help provide you with some insights on how to make your child feel loved.

 

1) Leaving Them Notes

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When you were a kid, did your mother ever leave notes in your lunch box? Ours did, and it was wonderful. When your child reads these notes at their lunch break, they will feel loved and valued, and it will bring a smile to their faces. Who doesn't enjoy receiving a note from their mother or father in their lunchbox? If you have trouble displaying affection to your child, this is a fantastic start to take.

We understand how challenging it is to find time and patience to compose notes. There's no need to be concerned; Plato Kids creates personalized notes for your children to let them know you're thinking of them. Our cards also feature entertaining, interesting, and informative facts that will persuade your little one to open his lunch box.

 

2) Pay Attention

 

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When your kid wants to talk to you, actively listen to them. Stop what you're doing and keep eye contact to show you're paying attention. Share their enthusiasm for whatever they're talking about, whether it's dolphins or a movie you've both seen a hundred times. If you can't put down what you're doing, tell your child and make a point of continuing the topic later in the day when they have your complete focus. Paying attention is the way to your child's heart.

If you don't give your child the attention they deserve, they may feel that they're not a priority in your life, which can lead to a slew of behavioral issues. Remember to ask questions; this will make them feel as if you're interested in what they're saying.

 

3) Assign Significant Tasks to Children to Make Them Feel Special

 

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Kids don't always want something tangible; they just want to help you around the house and feel independent. Kids love the feeling of independence.

Allowing your children to assist with a crucial task can demonstrate to them that you believe they are responsible and capable. Even if you're a little OCD and would prefer to do it yourself since it'll be more efficient and done precisely the way you want it.

Tell them, for example, that they must prepare their own school meals every night. You can assist them by chopping and peeling the vegetables, and they can put it together. This will not only be extremely beneficial to you, but it will also give them the impression that they are assisting you with a significant task, which will help create a sense of importance.

 

4) Spend One-on-One Time

 

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Remember that you are the most important person in your child's life and there is no one else they would rather spend time with. Spending quality time with your child is the best way to show them you care. Anything you do with this time, whether it's playing, going somewhere, performing an activity, or whatever, the idea is that you're doing it together! Making such memories is a highlight in a child's life! There are so many fun activities that you and your kid to do together.

Remove any distractions so that they know they are the most important person in the world. This can be difficult in our contemporary society at times, but the rewards are well worth it! Whether you set out an hour or two during the day or take a full day off every now and then, watch your child's face light up as they enjoy the one-on-one time!

 

5) Give Sincere Compliments

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Nothing makes a child happier than to be recognized for their efforts. This could be about anything. If they get an A on a test, tell them how proud you are of them; if they get an F, remind them that you know they tried hard and that they can do better next time.

Children are continuously seeking validation; praising and recognizing them early on will increase their faith in you, and they will not be hesitant to come to you in times of trouble. When it comes to complimenting your child, quality trumps quantity. Make sure the compliment sounds genuine.

 

6) Support Their Dreams and Aspirations

 

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Encourage and challenge them to pursue their aspirations and potential! It's important to believe in children! Whatever kids put their minds to is important, and as their parent, you have a unique opportunity to offer them the assurance they require to move forward. They may put their whole heart into their passions if they know you've got their back. We empower our children by validating them.

You can not only provide them verbal encouragement, but you can also try to provide them with the tools they need to succeed. It is critical that you supply the motivation. What if they change their minds in the middle of the process or things don't go according to plan? Let them know that's fine, too, and that you'll always be there for them on their growth path!

 

7) Demonstrate Your Affection

 

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Show your child how much you care for them with kisses, hugs, and cuddles. Use a code phrase or another act of affection if you're not a touchy-feely household. Make sure to pay attention to what your kids love language is.

It may seem self-evident, yet we must emphasize the importance of showing physical affection to our children. Hugging children can help them develop their brains as well as their social, emotional, and physical development. According to studies, showing affection to our children makes them happier, less stressed, and more capable of forming good emotional attachments in other relationships. When your child feels that parental warmth, he or she is less likely to develop unhealthy relationships later in life.

 

8) Have Family Mealtime

 

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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all good times to eat together. Choose a meal that allows you to converse and bond the most. Family meals allow members of the family to get together, strengthen bonds, and improve relationships. They foster a sense of belonging, which boosts self-esteem. Children who eat family meals have a lower likelihood of engaging in high-risk behaviors like substance abuse and aggression, as well as fewer psychological issues, according to research.

Maintain a cheerful tone throughout mealtime chats. Ask them about their day. This aids in the development of better communication among family members.

 

9) Establish Significant Customs and Family Traditions

 

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There's no need to plan anything complicated; the point is to spend quality one-on-one time with each other and create lasting memories. On Sundays, get in the kitchen with your child and prepare a pancake breakfast for the whole family. Make a monthly date to take your child to the playground and reward them with a favorite treat. Invite your kid to your regular salon appointment with you, and then remain for mani-pedis afterward. Simple customs like these can go a long way toward fostering that particular parent-child bond.

 

10) Attend Crucial Events

 

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Attending concerts and other events shows that you care about them and allows you to learn more about their pals.

To your child, hearing you clap in the stands when they score a goal in a football game or receiving a thumbs-up from the first row at their dancing recital means the world. Your child is eager to share what they've learned with you. They aim to impress you. They want you to admire them and be proud of them. They are continuously looking for your approval. Please give it to them.

There's nothing worse than your child looking for you from the sidelines and realizing you're not there. When your child notices that other parents are present, he or she will feel a sense of denial. Being present for crucial events is an awesome way to show that you care.

 

11) Show Off Their Artwork, Diplomas, and Awards

 

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How do you feel when you see your hard-won graduation, certificate, or prize framed or displayed on your wall or your desk? Isn't it fantastic?

That's how it feels for those small ones. Demonstrate your appreciation for their ideas, hard work, and efforts. Making a small space on the side of the refrigerator or a hallway shelf can go a long way.

A medal is a symbol of recognition and gratitude that recognizes a person's abilities or skills in a certain field. Swimming, softball, basketball, archery, and volleyball are just a few examples of sports.

Displaying their certificates and medals demonstrates your pride in their accomplishments and encourages them to improve. It doesn't have to be something significant; even a modest certificate stating that they had perfect attendance should be displayed.

 

12) Show Interest in Their Hobbies

 

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We are aware that you secretly don't want to understand Clash of Clans' inner workings, and you have no concept of what manga art is.

However, if your children enjoy it, you can at least show interest in it.

Put your phone down and truly look when your 12-year-old daughter wants to show you the 10 manga drawings she created in her sketchbook. Ask questions about the markers she used, or offer to go online with her to look up how to remove eraser markings.

Bonding with your children over their interests is a wonderful approach to making them feel loved and special.

 

Summary

That concludes the 12 ways to make your child feel loved and cherished.

We understand that juggling all of these responsibilities can be taxing, especially if you are a working parent. But keep in mind that once you become a parent, your primary focus is on your child, not your job. 

Setting aside some time for your child might be quite beneficial to them. It will boost their confidence in you, and they will always treat you as a trustworthy companion. You don't want your child to experience trauma as a result of not being loved and cherished by you from an early age. So pay attention and, above all, give it your all! Your kids recognize your efforts.

 

Shmuel Apel
Shmuel Apel



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