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While most parents earnestly strive to express love for their children, the concept of unconditional love raises a crucial question: what does it truly entail? Though we may wholeheartedly believe that we are embodying such love for our offspring, akin to justice, unconditional love must not only exist in our intentions but also be evident in its consistent and tangible expression.
Here’s how you can show love to your kids in a way that they don’t doubt it for a second.
1. Don’t Blow Up On Them
Your belief that you’re a very calm and collected person evaporates when you have children. Children will anger you just by being children, and the temptation to serve them your frustration in double doses is great, but don’t.
Learn to manage your anger before your kids; they will feel loved and safe.
2. Encourage and Motivate Positive Behavior
Children need to know that you’re proud of them when they are good, but they also need to learn to be proud of themselves when they are good.
Acknowledge and praise their efforts to do good, and let them know you expect good behaviors from them, and they can achieve it.
3. Try To Understand Their Feelings
Children have big feelings, and sometimes they don’t know how to express them very well. They may end up misbehaving or acting up when upset. To show them love, you must come down to their level and try to understand their feelings.
Ask them what they’re feeling and how they think you can help.
4. Love Them Even When They’re “Bad”
Kids may feel less lovable when they behave below their parents’ expectations, and it’ll be worse if they actually see the less-than-loving look and tendencies expressed towards them.
You may offer the preferred punishment or behavior management when your kids misbehave, but let them know that your love for them is unaffected by their behavior.
5. Take Them To Schools With Like Ideals
Kids are in school for a large part of their lives, and it’s best to choose schools whose ideals and values match yours.
Kids feel loved and cared for when they see their parents caring for their general well-being. The things you teach them at home should not be eroded in school.
6. Spending Quality Time
With the abundance of screens today begging for your attention, it’s easy to give the kids divided attention without even noticing we’re distracted. Dedicate undivided time to your child and engage in activities your child enjoys.
This shows them you value their company and interests.
7. Listen Actively
Kids’ mouths sometimes run faster than their thoughts, and sometimes we have no idea what they’re talking about. There’s a great temptation to log out of that conversation even before they finish it, but make an effort to be an empathetic listener.
Allow your child to express their feelings and thoughts openly without judgment.
8. Support Their Goals
They may be yours, but your kids are still their own persons.
Encourage their aspirations and help them work towards their dreams, even if those dreams differ from your own.
9. Set Boundaries with Love
They may not like it [at first], but kids need boundaries. Establish rules and boundaries, but do so with kindness and understanding.
There will be a lot of “whys” after the rules are laid out, so take time to explain the reasons behind them patiently.
10. Express Affection
Kids need to be touched and told that they’re loved. Do not let them assume they are loved; say it out loud.
Hug, kiss, and offer physical affection to demonstrate your love regularly.
11. Celebrate Achievements
Children want to know that their parents are proud of them, do not deny them that joy. Recognize and celebrate your child’s accomplishments, no matter how small.
Their achievements should be acknowledged and praised.
12. Teach Problem-Solving
For kids, safety is knowing you have their back when they need you.
Encourage independence and problem-solving skills, but let them know you’re there to help when they need it.
13. Apologize When Necessary
Be humble enough to admit when you’re wrong or make mistakes, modeling the importance of taking responsibility.
There’s no point in letting the child think you are a perfect Joe while they keep messing up. Vulnerability breeds closeness.
14. Unconditional Presence
Be there for your child, physically and emotionally, through all their ups and downs, making them feel secure in your presence and love.
They should know home is where you are as a parent.
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