How Do I Love Thee?

Posted: February 2, 2023



How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.

This is the title to a sonnet written and published by Elizabeth Barrett Browning over one hundred and seventy years ago and is proof that we are always looking for ways to show our affection.  Whether a kind gesture, gift, or with words, it’s is easy to show.  How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning – Poems | poets.org

Showing our children how much we love them helps build healthy relationships. This in turn will teach children how to show their feelings, now and in the future. Building healthy and happy relationships is a benefit for everyone.

The book The Five Love Languages of Children by Dr. Gary Chapman and Dr. Ross Campbell explores the idea that there are different ways to show love and that children (and adults too) may have preferences as to how they receive displays of affection. The 5 Love Languages Of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively: Dr. Gary Chapman: 9780802412850: Elementary Education: Amazon Canada

Do you have a child that loves to be held, wants to snuggle and be close? Their “love language” may be physical touch! A child who doesn’t like physical touch may enjoy quality time with you instead.  So, if your affection is not received as you thought it would be, try another way! According to the book, we can have more than one love language. The important thing is that you keep showing your love to your children!

A few ideas to show your love:

A note with kind words; in a lunch box, on a pillow, or taped to a door!

A compliment! Let them know what they do well.

Time together! No phone, or chores first, just “you and me” time.

A hug! Gather them in your arms for a long hug.

A secret handshake! Just for them.

A group hug! Bring the whole family in.

Do an activity together. Setting the table, drawing on paper, going down the sides at the playground.

Listening! Down at their level, eye contact, no distractions.

Show your love everyday, in some small way.

15 Ways You Can Show Your Kids You Love Them — Every Day | HuffPost Life