Positive words to make your kids feel loved

October 23, 2019

If you’re looking for meaningful words that can have a positive impact on your kids and your relationship with them, then this is a list from Happy You Happy Family is a keeper.

They’re gems, and if you could remember even a few, your kids will be richer for it.

  • You are important to me.
  • I love spending time with you.
  • You make me smile.
  • I love you no matter what. (This one is made even more special if you first read the beautiful children’s book No Matter What together!)
  • I feel so lucky to be your mom/dad.
  • I’m proud of the person you are.
  • I love you from your toes to your nose to where your hair grows! (For extra giggles, touch your child’s toes when you say “toes,” their nose when you say “nose,” and the top of their head when you say the last line!)
  • You are beautiful to me, inside and out.
  • I thought of you today when… (Finish with a specific time during the day that you thought of your child.)
  • I like you. (Even if you say “I love you” regularly, does your child know you likethem too?)
  • Sometimes if I’m feeling sad, just thinking of you makes me feel better.
  • You can always talk to me, even if it’s about something that makes you nervous or scared or sad.
  • I love to watch you… (Then give an activity your child enjoys, like play soccerget wrapped up in reading a bookmake artplay your clarinet, and so on.)
  • You make my heart feel full.
  • I appreciate when you… (Finish with a specific example of something your child does that’s helpful or kind.)
  • You’re one of a kind.
  • I care about you more than you can imagine.
  • I’m grateful that you’re in my life.
  • I love your insides and your outsides!
  • I’m here for you, no matter what happens.
  • I’d love to hear what you think about… (Then ask your child’s opinion on something that matters, like what to have for dinner, what to do on the weekend, where to go on your next family vacation, and so on.)
  • My world is better with you in it.
  • I noticed you working hard on… (Finish with a specific example when you noticed your child pushing themselves to learn or grow or finish something.)
  • I believe in you.
  • I saw when you… (Then give a specific example of your child doing something helpful or kind
  • I love hearing your ideas.
  • You make a difference in my life.
  • I love seeing the world through your eyes.
  • Seeing you happy makes me happy.
  • You matter to me.
  • I hope you have an awesome day today.
  • Anytime you need help, I’m here for you.
  • I love you just the way you are.
  • You are a precious treasure to me.
  • I respect you and your opinions.
  • We’re a team, you and me.
  • I love being your mom/dad.
  • Sometimes I look at you and think back to when you were younger, and… (Finish with a specific memory of when your child was younger.)
  • There’s only one you in the world.
  • I love your laugh/smile.
  • Nothing would ever make me stop loving you.
  • It’s you I like. Every part of you.
  • You’re an important part of this family.
  • It’s exciting to watch you grow up.
  • I’m so grateful you’re my daughter/son.
  • You can always come to me, no matter what.
  • I love you more than… (Then give a specific example like more than all the stars in the skymore than all the fish in the seamore than cupcakes love sprinkles, and so on – feel free to come up with silly examples too!)
  • I will always be there for you.
  • Being your parent is my favourite part of life.
  • You are special to me.
  • Thank you so much for doing… (Finish with a specific example of an action your child took.)
  • You make life fun.
  • I love being around you, no matter what we’re doing.
  • You are my favourite 5-year-old.
  • I love you to the moon and back. (Or you can take this one step further by adding on, like “I love you to the moon, past the end of our solar system, to the next galaxy over and to every other galaxy in the universe, to the alien planet no one knows about yet, and all the way back home.”)
  • I’m a fan of you.
  • I love when we learn something new together.
  • I’m never too busy for you.
  • You light up my day.
  • That was a kind decision when you… (Then give a specific example of something your child did that was kind.)
  • I have fun when I’m with you.
  • I love you more than *insert your favourite food*.
  • Seeing you smile makes me smile.
  • You’ll never get in trouble for talking to me about something that’s bothering you.
  • I feel blessed to have you in my life.
  • You inspire me to be a better person.
  • Even if I’m feeling frustrated about something, I still love you.
  • I love the way your mind works.
  • You make me happy, just by being you.
  • I wouldn’t trade you for a million gabazillion dollars.
  • I love you when… or… (Finish with two very different examples, like “I love you when you feel brave or scared” or “I love you when you’re serious or silly.”
  • I miss you when we’re apart. (Or you can go for the over-the-top version, “I miss you when I blink”.
  • You can always tell me the truth, even if you’re scared to, and I will still love you.
  • I wish I didn’t have to go to work so we could stay home together and play all day!
  • I will love you always and forever.
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  • Sophie

    To be honest, this is super important. Kids also have feelings and emotions and at this tender age it is the parents responsibility to make sure they don’t feel important or loved enough.

    October 29, 2019 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Megan Keith

    There are some great things to say here! Definitely going to use some of these that I haven’t before, with my boy! Megan xx

    October 29, 2019 at 10:24 am Reply
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