Creative ways to say "I love you" to your kids
1. Leave a note for your child in an unexpected place
Tape a note to the ceiling above his bed or write it in shaving cream on the bathroom mirror. (If you decide to go the shaving cream route, you'll want to keep the message short and sweet
-- unless, of course, you have an exceptionally large bathroom mirror!)
2. Send a special e-mail message
Your child will love an email from you telling her about the website you discovered that's devoted to her favorite television show, hockey team or musical group. (Naturally, you'll want
to check the site out thoroughly before you give it the highly coveted Parental Stamp of Approval.)
3. Put a prize in his lunch bag
Tuck a sticker or other inexpensive trinket in his lunch bag to let him know that you're always thinking about him. Hockey cards, gum or a miniature deck of cards are just a few of the many
4. Be interested in what she likes
Spend an hour listening to her favorite music or watching her favorite TV show with her. Your child will appreciate the fact that you're willing to take time to find out more about something that's
important to her.
5. Play kid games
Offer to play his favorite video game or board game. Then pull out a classic board game such as Monopoly or Scrabble that you enjoyed playing as a kid. It's a great way to get to know one another
6. Plan a family movie night.
You get to pick one movie at the video store and your child gets to pick one movie. The only ground rule is that you each pick a movie the other person will enjoy.
7. Get moving
Find ways of being physically active together. Bundle up and go for a walk or put on some music and boogie. (Close the drapes so that your child won't have to worry about her friends catching her
dancing with her parents!)
8. Start a special tradition at dinner
For example, everyone at the table has to think of one thing they like or admire about each other person. (Don't expect miracles from siblings: be happy with even the most watered-down
9. Serve an "I Love You" cake for dessert
You can either use a heart-shaped pan or both a square pan and a round pan. (You simply cut the round cake in half and line the two halves on the circle up so that they are touching two adjacent
sides of the square. Once you ice the cake, no one will be able to see the seams.)
10. Think year-round
Vow to find ways to say "I Love You" to your child 365 days a year-not just on Valentine's Day. That's the greatest gift of all!