Whenever I learn that a celebrity has passed or there’s some major national news event like a school shooting or bombing, my first thought it always of the victim’s loved ones. What was the last thing they said to their loved one? They will forever be left with those words… hopefully they were able to tell them that they loved them one last time. I know it’s morbid, but life is short and there’s no time for holding in our feelings for those that are most important to us. What comes to mind for me is my love for my daughter… and these 5 things I try to tell her every day (partly for my own peace of mind!):
1. I love you. I know most of us already tell our kids this, but that doesn’t mean we can’t say it more. Or in new ways. And don’t forget to load on the kisses before and after.
2. You are amazing. You’ll probably have to tell your toddler what this means, but the key is to tell your little one everything that makes him/her special. Whether he’s funny or smart or caring, make sure your kid knows he’s extraordinary.
3. You make me so happy. Because us moms can get a little stressed out and tend to do our fair share of yelling, it’s important to remind our kids that they really do make us happy. Even if you’ve got crayon to clean off the wall and piles of laundry to wash, put on a smile and tell your kids how happy you are to have them in your life.
4. You are the best thing that ever happened to me. I actually stole this from a Ray LaMontagne song, but I play–and sing–it for my daughter regularly. It’s a beautiful love song and the chorus perfectly describes how I feel about my daughter.
5. I’m so proud of you. Sure your toddler may not be bringing home straight As or scoring winning goals yet, but when she ties her own shoe laces or goes to the potty all by herself, praise her accomplishments. Nothing is better than a seal of approval from mommy.
Anything else you’d add to the list? What should we be telling our kids every day? Share in the comments.