30 Parenting Tips, Easy Ways To Show Your Children You Love Them

Love One Another

It probably goes without saying, but the best way you can show love to your children is to love each other. So, Mom and Dad, make sure they know you do!

  • Display your child's artwork (as well as their schoolwork) in prominent places. That is what a refrigerator door is for. If your child makes it, cherish it.

  • If you want your children to confide in you, show them that it is safe to do so first. Don't break their confidences and share their secrets with your friends.

  • Try to attend every event, game, and performance that your child is involved in. Sometimes if you have conflicting schedules with other siblings, mommy and daddy may have to split up and go to separate events.

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Now let's see how many more you can come up with... share them with us here....

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Ok, I'll start... Read to your child. A book is an adventure to be had together, no matter their age.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

My 8-year-old won't hold my hand in public anymore:(

But she does allow good morning hugs as soon as she is out of bed :)


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Blogger Mom 8 years ago from Northeast, US

This was wonderful to read! Great reminders. =)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

amy

Just keep on hugging! Believe me, that holding hand stage will pass, and if you persist in these other suggestions, it will return. :)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Blogger Mom

Thank you for visiting my HUB.


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jnate 8 years ago from Utah

Great hub! It reminds us how wonderful children are and how we can make a difference in what kind of adult they grow up to be.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

jnate

Children are truly a gift from God. As adults we have a sacred responsibility to give them all the love and instruction they deserve. Thank you for your kind comments.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

What a lovely hub Diana! I was smiling all through out as I read and looked at the kids faces. I grew up pretty much without those things that you wrote and so to make up for my lost childhood, I asked my friend once to read me a story book, to which she replied, that's just for kids. Oh well :)

To add: Accept and love your children for who they are. Don't force them to be who you want them to be. Be supportive of their interests.

God bless all the little children all over the world. Have a nice day :)


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Michelle,

I love your parenting tip, thanks for adding to the content of the Hub. I too love little children, and think that families are very important. Parenting skills take time to develop, and unfortunately we are not given something to just practice on, so our children may suffer from our lack of knowledge. Every possible bit of parenting advice we can get can help us to become better parents, until hopefully we have nearly perfected the art. (By then we are called grandparents!)


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lenkasvec 8 years ago from Slovakia

What a nice Hub! I really appreciate every tip how to be a better mom. And I like your advice about honesty with kids. I also believe that trust between you and your child is essential and it is probably the most important thing that can get you through difficult times of puberty.


Simplify Heart And Home 8 years ago

Thank you for those great reminders! We truly are blessed to have children in our homes, under our protection and near to our hearts! It's a marvelous responsibility and joy --- accompanied by challenges that stretch the muscles of us all.

I loved your reminder to 'look into their eyes'. Much can be told from the eyes as they are the window to the soul. As we look into their eyes we can also see into their hearts. Thanks for reminding us all!!!

http://www.simplifyheartandhome.blogspot.com


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childcen 8 years ago from New Zealand

I like to let you know that this hub really looks so lively with pictures of children.

And thanks for the parenting tips.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

To all who have commented.. thanks for your kind words and input... somehow I missed responding to your comments...

Childcen- I am glad you enjoyed the pictures of the children... they caught my eye as well.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hey, I stumbled upon this hub again. I'm going to link this to my dynamic minds blog! :) These are beautiful tips...I know I already said it before Hehe I'll say it again anyway.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Michelle,

You are my biggest fan! lol I would be honored if you linked it to your Blog. Thanks for revisiting this Hub, it made me look at it again myself! lol


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Pam Pounds 8 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

This is a beautiful hub! You really captured the essence of what it means to truly cherish and love a child.

Just this weekend, when I was setting my sprinkler to water the lawn, my 21-year old daughter came out for a minute to chat...we ended up spontaneously running though the sprinklers! Goes to show you, there is no age limit to taking those small opportunities to have fun and bond with your kids. These are memories they will have forever.

Love the cute pics of all the kids!!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Pam Pounds,

Thanks for your kind words. I loved the sprinkler story. You are absolutely right, it is never too late to capture that spontaneous time of bonding with your children. I love hanging out with my young adult children and their friends. When they want to talk, I want to make sure I make myself available. I loved the kid pics as well! Thanks for visiting.


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allshookup 8 years ago from The South, United States

I love this hub. If more parents would spend quality time with their children loving, listening, hearing, talking and enouraging, I feel the world would be a much better place. Great work!!!!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

allshookup,

I would have to agree with your conclusion, that listening, hearing, talking and encouraging our children would make an extreme difference in the world today. The job of a parent is an important one indeed. These little tips seem so simple but when applied, can make all the difference! Thanks.


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allshookup 8 years ago from The South, United States

You are so right. I honestly feel that if what you are teaching is applied, the jails would not be crowded and there would be less violence world-wide. Sometimes I wonder if parents realize the responsibility we have in raising our children and a what difference we make. We WILL make a difference in their lives, it will either be positive or negative. It is our choice. Children learn what they live and the cycle goes on, good or bad. The hand that rocks the cradle (Daddy or Momma) rules the world. Keep up the great work!!


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

Dear Diana, you are a true 'Hubbing Master' and it is a pure pleasure to read your hubs! This one about 30 parenting tips how to show your love to your children is simply amazing! Oh, yes, you could write them due to your very extensive personal experiences of yours by rising your own 'golden kids' and to help so many other children worldwide, as well! I admire your work!


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Lilymag 8 years ago from Upstate New York

You are so right! Everything here... Our children are precious, and time flies by too fast. We need to slow down and savor every little thing with our babies!

Wonderful hub once again!


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Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is such a beautiful hub, Diana!

I believe you are right in one of the comments that you made about us not having anyone to practise on before our kids arrive. Too bad, though. I'd be a better parent now than I was then. My kids taught me a lot!


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LdsNana-AskMormon 8 years ago from Southern California

These are excellent parenting tips on how to show a child that you love them. I second each and every one of them:-)

tDMg

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Solarshingles,

I am unworthy of your kind praise in all areas. Raising my children has been a labor of love, and a true work of any parent is never really done. Parenting my children is still important, I believe, throughout their entire lives. Parenting even extends to grandchildren. In fact, as you have mentioned sometimes parenting even extends to children that you have not physically born. These parenting tips are simple but when applied make all the difference in the world, don't you agree?


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Lilymag,

Having children that are in their twenties now, yes, I would agree time does fly quickly. Savoring each parenting moment you have with your child is golden advice. Parenting is simply another word for teaching. A parent is the best teacher a child will ever have. Thanks for your kind comments.


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funride 8 years ago from Portugal

WOW! That´s a lot of educational resources. I have not read all those links and I am already amazed by the quality of all the advises here.

Without being modest I can say I have made a good job so far :D

My daughter just went to preschool this week and I´m so proud of her already. And I know for sure her personality and good behavior it´s not some kind of coincidence. It has a lot to do with love and attention, lots and lots of those. She is a very happy child and people always think she is older than she really is because of the way she communicate so fluently and I believe that is due to the great deal of attention she always had from all her family. Nevertheless, I will check out some of those links and learn some more, thanks.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Shirley,

Hind sight is twenty twenty isn't it? I can totally see where I could have been a much better parent in so many areas. I am so grateful for all the many resources that I was given to try and learn to parent, but as I said it is all by trial and error really. These tips are sound, and proven to be effective over many generations of time. They just simply must be followed. Thanks for coming by!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

LdsNana,

Your vast experience with raising children and grandchildren makes you an expert in the field, so endorsement of these tips is a really an honor. Parenting keeps on going and going doesn't it? Thanks for adding your thoughts.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

funride,

What a lucky daughter you have! I can tell by your enthusiasm and comments that you probably do most of these tips already! A child is very lucky to have a parent that loves and cares for them in the way you must. It is so cute to hear the comments of a proud daddy concerning their child! You made my day!


Daisy.rose 8 years ago

At 35 I would still hold my mom's hand in the mall. She past away this year and I so wish I could hold her hand now. So for those who said your kids wouldn't do it keep trying. And I sat on her lap with my arms around her until I had children of my own. She always showed us love and physical affection which is so important to healthy emotional development. Who ever made up this list...THANK YOU. Very cool


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Daisy.rose,

Your mother is your mother forever. I loved the fact that you acknowledge her as that. I agree that physical affection is a much needed ingredient in parenting. There is nothing like a good hug to make things all better. Thank you for adding some insights to the Hub.


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jim10 8 years ago from ma

This a great list of how to show your kids that you love them. It is very important to show your kids that you love them. I have always done my best to spend as much time as I can with them. I am always going out to play with them, playing video games and watching movies with them. My boys love Legos so we build things a lot. My 2nd son loves helping me cook. So that is always a nice experience together. It may take longer and and he might add lots of shells when he puts the eggs in. But, it is a lot more fun too. I will need to go back and check out all of your links.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

giving our kids a heavy dose of our time and our ears is priceless. They are gone too soon, and let me assure you -- memories are good, but they are not the same. Two of my 3 sons came over for Monday night football with their dad and me in the background. the house was noisy and loud and chaotic. They decided to bed down and not do the winding road back across Tampa Bay -- so I got to sneak into the room after they went to sleep and stroke their hair and kiss their cheek while they slept. Then, I cried tears with knowing how rare that is anymore.

I am so glad I went to every game, listened to every achievement, every idea, every mad moment, Even so, it was barely enough. This is a tough world and our kids needs our attention. And, we need them, it is a joy that is hard to define.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Jim10,

I love the fact that you have pointed out that you spend individual time or do different things with different children. I think that is awesome. That is time so well spent. The relationships you form with your young children now will last forever. Showing love to your children will produce rewards ten fold. Your comment about the eggs with the shells cooked in them is such a cool one because it shows that it is not important if the job the child does is perfect, it is the time and the experience that counts. What lucky children you have to have such a wonderful parent!


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allshookup 8 years ago from The South, United States

Dog, This hub is wonderful. Like I said, you cannot do too much for your child/ren. Our son visits friends and when he comes home he says things like....... Why don't soandso's Daddy play with him? or Why doesn't soandso's Momma listen to him? To me that warms my heart because he is used to having those things. It's so sad that we don't realize what we have until they are gone. I am so thankful that I am blessed enough to be able to be a stay at home momma. I feel very fortunate that I spend every day with him. He's growing up and will be gone to college before I know it. I cherish every day with him. He is the precious precious gift God has given my husband and me. This hub also reminds me of that song 'The Cat's In The Cradle'. The last chours to that song always makes me cry. I think that what goes around comes around......good or bad, just like that song says. I feel like the attention we give our children shows them what priority they hold in our lives. I'd love to see more hubs like this one from you! It's so great and so true!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

marisue,

What a tender moment you have shared with us. I too have children that are grown and venturing out on their own. Some of the greatest joys my husband and I have now as parents is to watch the way that their lives are turning out and the experiences they are having as young adults. We love to spend time with them and still welcome every opportunity to parent as well. These simple tips are still very applicable even for my young adult children. Parenting is hard, it is nice to be able to look back and recognize your successes. Too often we look back and only see our mistakes. We should take joy in all the things we did right, and teach our children even now to be better than we are. Yes, in our family we believe that every generation gets better.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

allshookup,

You are certainly blessed to be a stay at home mommy, I was also given that blessing as well. Simply being there for your children when they need you is a blessing I will never take for granted. I believe that you are correct when you pointed out that the time you spend with your children when they are young will make a difference in the relationship you have with them as they grow up. Some however, do not have the luxury of staying home with their children. It is to those that my counsel would be quality time versus quantity time. The things you do with your children in the time you do have will make a difference permanently in their lives,

My children are young adults and feel safe and comfortable enough in my home to bring all their friends here as well. I have been blessed to be in a position to have food on my table and a place to sleep for any who may need to come. I am so lucky to have the company of many grown children in my house on a daily basis and hear the comments they make regarding their relationships with their parents. I agree, that at every age a listening ear is a priority to a great relationship with your child. I don't think they ever grow out of that.

Children are indeed a blessing. I am grateful for the things I have learned because of my children.


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Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

What a wonderful Mom you must be! This is the second hub of yours I'm reading and I'm so thankful that there are people like you in this world who feel children have been entrusted to us, not thrust upon us. And I do sincerely contribute to your first few words of advice - seeing their parents connected and happy does so much good and forms such a great security net for them which lasts for years!


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Shalini,

I am just a regular mom, one who has learned along the way. It is great to look back and celebrate the joys of motherhood, and the beautiful gift of children. I am glad that you noticed the first line of advice. It has always been a real foundation in our home, knowing that your parents love each other is a great place to build upon. Parenting is a great responsibility. One that must not be taken lightly. Our future as a society depends upon stalwart parents who will step up to the plate and do the job that they have been given, in love always.


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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

my kids were and are the greatest joy in my life, I fear for them, I admire them, and I love to see them make their own decisions. Our house was running over with kids and their friends....and when they left, the house went from a roar of happy noise to an occasional roar. Stages of life are difficult, but all normal. Parenting wisely is the greatest investment we can make in tomorrow and it's one of the best part of our lives today.

I lived with kids who suffered from not having good parents, and these are very dysfunctional young adults who struggle to get over their past..often not able to do it.

it gave me a special gratitude for my own children and their care. It's great to read about good parenting....thanks!


Family Matters 8 years ago

I Digg what you say (and Stumble it). Long live family values and parents' love for their kids. That's how the world should be.

Ront Baras


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

marisue,

I will agree with you, my children are the greatest joy in my life as well. I too feel all the same range of emotions that you have described. I am at a place in my life where my house is still teaming with noise and chaos. It is a wonderful time and I do enjoy it everyday. I feel bad for children who do not have the strong foundation of a loving family to help them through this thing called life. It is often seen in Young Adults, and even adults, that they have had a rough childhood. But, again I say every generation better. Education is the answer I believe, and plenty of increased love shown in their lives. I know you have given an abundance of both to many less fortunate children over the years, and know that your love and service has not gone unnoticed by many. What a gift you have been in the lives of many children, and I am sure they have been a gift to you as well.


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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California Author

Family Matters,

Thanks for the Digg and stumble. I agree... long live family values and three cheers for those who try and uphold them. Parenting is a lifetime adventure, and it is wonderful.


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Lela Davidson 7 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

Oh I love all these! What a wonderful list. And the pictures are great too. This is perfect for Valentine's Day.


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In The Doghouse 7 years ago from California Author

Lela,

I hadn't thought of this as a Valentine's Day list, but it definitely could be. I did love the pictures as well. Aren't children just beautiful in any shape or size?


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childbehavior 7 years ago from Canada

Love this hub- great advice and great pictures!!


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Write at Home 7 years ago

Awwww.... some great tips here! Thanks for the inspiring hub.


Edna 6 years ago

I dance with my 4 year old... great bonding since he loves to show his moves off:)


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brandyBachmann 6 years ago

Great tips!:) I usually play house with my little cousin, I love the way she smiles at me when we're having fun.


Mom of Many 6 years ago

Loved the hub! Any tips on how to get hubby to cherish the kids too and not just scream at them?


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rdmegan 5 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Great article. Thanks!


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cobrien 5 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful hub. These are all things we know and easily forget, and how important they are! I envy your children. They are truly blessed to have a Mom like you!


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Raine Law Yuen 2 years ago from Cape Town

Lovely hub and tips.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

my 7 year old insisted i must hold his hands when we are in the public and say i love you before he goes to sleep. he says, that shows I still love him


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Princessa 9 months ago from France

Thanks for the tips. Some of them I already do and others are good ideas to implement.

I especially like the "Spend time with each of your children separately" I think it is very important for their sense of independence and uniqueness. It is not always easy to do, but I try at least once a month to do something with each of my children separately. My teenager girl likes shopping so we take a day off and just spend the day together the two of us; we go shopping, have a meal and sometimes even go for a beauty treat! It is a time where we share more than a simple activity, it is usually our time to talk girly-talk and share our little secrets.

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