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3 Easy Ways for Moms to Say, “I Love You”

3 Easy Ways for Moms to Say, “I Love You”

Showing love to our children comes naturally, right? Along with a warm hug and loving smile, “I love you” is easy to say. But while our children need verbal assurances, there are other powerful, yet subtle ways to shower our precious ones with love and tenderness.

Here are three ways to wrap our children in unconditional love:

Make eye contact and listen (Even when we’re busy)

Yes, our schedules are hectic. And life may seem to be a swirling blur of appointments and activities. But magic happens when we carve a few minutes from each day to simply be still and listen to our loved ones. Conduct a simple experiment. The next time you’re busy making dinner and a child begins chattering about their day, cease moving and give face-to-face attention. If this isn’t a regular practice, our children may get a tad flustered with less than one-hundred percent of us. But we will see them glow under the impact of our focused love. They will stand taller knowing they are treasured and valued.

Be a consistent cheerleader (Even when we’re exhausted)

In a mom’s opinion, the world lacks sufficient compassion and appreciation for our babies. In fact, our precious ones can get knocked around quite a bit as they step away from our sheltering arms. The safe haven of home is our children’s anchor in an unfriendly world. They need to know that when the door of home opens at the end of a long day, mom and dad will provide unconditional love and open arms.

Point to Jesus (Even when our first instinct is to jump into the fray)

One of the greatest joys of parenting is guiding our children to take their concerns to Jesus. But there are times our initial reactions to our children’s angst may not be God-honoring. Have they been hurt by a friend? Instead of showing outrage over another’s child’s misdeed, we can model a calm spirit by encouraging our children to pray for the one who hurt them and to seek paths of restoration.

Living and breathing “I love you” becomes easier as we lean on the unconditional acceptance of our Heavenly Father. His favor is never based on our performance or goodness. God loves with depth and compassion and will provide us with strength and endurance to show love to our children.

One moment of attention, cheer, and prayer at a time.

We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19 NIV).

By: Leigh Ann Thomas is a wife, mother, grammy, writer, and Peanut M&Ms enthusiast. She has penned four books, including Ribbons, Lace, and Moments of Grace—Inspiration for the Mother of the Bride (SonRise Devotionals) and Smack-Dab in the Midlife Zone—Inspiration for Women in the Middle (Elk Lake Publishing Inc.). You can find Leigh Ann on her front porch daydreaming story plots or blogging at LeighAThomas.com. Connect on Twitter at @LThomasWrites.

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