I tell my children that I love them every single day and I can’t imagine not saying these three words to them or ever not hearing them say it back to me.
But I Love You isn’t the only phrase than I make sure that I say to them every day….
I love you!
I want them to feel safe and loved and although words aren’t as important as actions, they’re a pretty good start!
How was your day?
I want to share in their lives as they grow up and I like knowing what they’ve been up to. We usually talk about our days while we’re having tea each night and usually share the best thing that’s happened that day which often starts some interesting conversations! 😉
As a parent, I think it’s often easier to say no when the kids ask if they can do something. I might be busy, or not want to do what they want to do but for whatever reason I felt like I was saying no for the sake of it sometimes. I’m trying to say yes more these days which is actually more fun!
Are you OK?
This is mostly a Master Frugal conversation as Miss Frugal isn’t shy about telling me when there’s something not right (I ask her anyway though) but Master Frugal tends to bottle things up unless we take time to talk about the things that are bothering him. When he is worried, we talk about the different scenarios to try and reassure him that nothing is as bad as he fears.
What do you think?
I think it’s important for the kids to take a part in family decision making – from what’s for tea to where we should go on holiday. I ask their opinion on lots of things and I do take it into account and always explain why if I do something different.
We might not always agree on things but I try to empathise with them when things don’t go there way. If Miss Frugal gets frustrated about having to do something she doesn’t want to then I’ll tell her that I understand how she feels and explain why she has to do it anyway. It doesn’t always make her feel better but I try anyway!
What do you say to your children every day?
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