Teaching Children the Meaning of Love


Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re practicing more self-love, honoring the love you have with your partner, or avoiding the holiday altogether, one way to celebrate this day is by showing your kids how to love today and all throughout the year. Here are a few tips to help you demonstrate this love with your kiddos:


Express “I love you” in words and notes
Putting a simple “I love you” note in unsuspecting places—in a backpack, under a pillow, etc.—will remind your child of you throughout the day.

Spend meaningful time with your children
Even with busy schedules, make time each day to turn off the electronics and just be together.  You can start by having dinner as a family and asking each person to talk about their day.

Celebrate your child’s best efforts rather than focus on achievements
Offer words of encouragement to recognized your child’s efforts instead of just cheering for the results.

Dream with your child
Just spend time daydreaming with your child—pick out shapes in the clouds, talk about what they think the future will look like. Simple conversations often spark the imagination.

Let go, listen, and laugh
Commit to one day a week of letting go of the schedule and just hanging out together. Sometimes by not planning anything in particular, your family might end up having the best quality time.


For more hands-on ways to teach kids about love, click here.

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