Monday, June 4, 2012

What I learn from '35 ways of Sharing and Showing Quality Time with My Munchkins'.

It’s easy for us to say “I love you” but those three words, devoid of action and the gift of our quality time, are simply that—just words.  As the new generation of parents, lets try to exemplify loving sentiments and affections, let us show our children just how special they really are.

35 simple ways to show your child love:
  1. Plan to watch movie they want to see. Make your own popcorns. Switch off the lights. Lots of pillows and cuddles!
  2. Go on a treasure hunt (collect all the loose change around the house/car) together and then make a trip to the arcade with your findings.
  3. Take a long nature walk together, at their pace.  Let them lead the conversation.
  4. Find qualities about them that you genuinely love, and compliment them in front of others.
  5. Frame a photo of the two of you, and display it in their room.
  6. Play a game with them.
  7. Let them win.
  8. Make bath time special.  Add lots of bubbles, colored soaps, maybe you could purchase a new tub toy or let them play with things found around the house.  I let my kids play with things like colanders and funnels from the kitchen—they love it. 
  9. Send them a handmade card in the mail with a coupon to go get ice cream with you.
  10. Using blankets and chairs, or a card table, build a clubhouse together and have a picnic inside.
  11. Read “I love you” books together.
  12. Let them stay up past their bedtime with you and watch something together.
  13. Do a chore that is normally reserved for them.
  14. Tuck an encouraging note inside their lunchbox.
  15. Give them your full attention.
  16. Tell them some of the ways they make you happy.
  17. Make them laugh.
  18. Laugh with them.
  19. Make their favorite treat to welcome them home from school with.
  20. Show them your joy when they arrive.
  21. Ask for hugs and kisses.
  22. Listen, and let them make their own decisions whenever possible.
  23. Take a day off from everything: work, household duties, technology, etc. and focus entirely on them.
  24. Cook together.
  25. Write them a poem using the initials of their name.
  26. Decorate their room for no reason.
  27. Kidnap them from school and take them out for lunch.
  28. Make home a fun place to be.
  29. Make a treasure box from an old shoe box, fill it with “gold” (chocolate coins) and make an official looking treasure map with clues for them to locate the hidden treasure with.
  30. Go to the store and let them pick out all the ingredients to make banana splits.  Make and eat them together.
  31. Wrap up in a warm blanket together in an aircond room and take turns making up stories to tell each other.
  32. Make a list of things you love about them and put it on their pillow before bedtime.
  33. Talk about what they did in their day at dinnertime.
  34. Sit down together and write a list of fun activities to do in a day.  Write each idea on small slips of paper, roll up the papers and stick them inside balloons.  Blow up all the balloons and then pop one balloon at a time until you’ve completed all the activities.
  35. Play back rub/tickle games—ie; Spider crawling up your back… 

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