Teaching Children the Meaning of Love

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As we head into Valentine’s weekend, we wanted to share these great ideas from our partner Bright Horizons at Naperville on how you can teach and show your kids love all through the year.

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.

For more great tips on how to teach kids about love, click here.

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