Monday, March 19, 2012

10 Odd Ways We Show We Love Our Kids

Everyone has their own unique ways of showing their kids that they love them. After all, if everyone expressed their love in the exact same ways we might as well be robots. However because no two people are the same, no two people can give out their love in exactly the same way. And while there are some ways that are obvious ways to display love, such as bestowing a hug or kiss on your child, there are some ways we show our love that aren’t ordinary at all, and maybe are even a little bit unusual. Check out 10 odd ways we show we love our kids.

  1. Teasing them: This might seem like a weird way to show that you love your child, but with some kids it works. We tease them by doing embarrassing things like dancing crazy in front of their friends or by lightly poking fun at them when we point out that their bedhead looks like a peacock. These things aren’t done in malice and certainly aren’t meant to hurt their feelings. It’s just our fun way of showing that we love them.
  2. Tickling them: You can tickle someone without necessarily loving them, but parents tend to tickle baby toes and pretend to eat feet when they’re trying to express their love for their kids. It’s a clear sign of affection, and making your kids laugh is one of the best ways to show them just how much you love them.
  3. Letting them jump into bed with you: While this may seem like a funny way to show your kids that you love them, it is one way that parents often show it. In fact, there’s no other explanation for why you would willingly let them jump into bed with you since there is less room and you are not as comfortable. However you know that your kids love it and it gives you a chance to snuggle with them, so time and time again you allow them to cramp your space.
  4. Cutting their sandwich into a fun shape: If your kid hates eating the crust on their sandwich, but you don’t want to be one of those parents that just cuts the crusts off you may choose to cut your child’s sandwich into a fun shape or puzzle pieces. This fun little loving gesture shows that you love your child because you didn’t just do what they wanted; you went the extra mile for them.
  5. Disciplining them: I’m sure you are wondering what this is doing on this list, but by disciplining your child you really are showing them that you love them. Through disciplining them you’re showing them that you care enough to set rules and boundaries for them to help shape them into better people. That’s a true testament to your love for them.
  6. By not letting them grow up too fast: Kids think that they are ready to take on the world and sometimes it’s up to mom and dad to put on the brakes. Make sure that your child knows that you have every confidence in them, but that being a grown up happens way too fast as it is. Love is finding ways to make sure they stay a kid as long as possible.
  7. Being nosey: Parents badger their kids relentlessly by constantly asking questions about their lives, like what they did today. Or they sneak a peek into their diary to make sure all is going as it should and that their child isn’t being bullied or doing something dangerous. If parents didn’t love their child they wouldn’t care enough to bother finding out about what is going on in their life.
  8. Singing funny songs to get them up in the morning: Everyone has to get up in the morning to go to school or work, but isn’t it nicer to come in singing a funny song to wake your child up then having a loud alarm blaring or shouting at them from the bottom of the stairs? Some kids may not like getting up in the morning, but taking the extra effort to get them up and going in a fun way is a great way to show you love them.
  9. Driving them all over: Mom the taxi driver is what I hear. How much time have you spent shuffling your kid from school to gymnastics to soccer practice? Maybe you can work while they are having piano lessons and maybe you can’t. Kids don’t always understand that parents weren’t put on this earth to be their chauffer. Being willing to take your child to extra-curricular activities and letting them do them in the first place is a huge sign that you love them and that you want what’s best for them.
  10. Taking funny pictures of them: How could this be a way to show that you love your child you may ask? Some day when your child has children they will want to have pictures of what they were like when they were kids. Loving our kids enough to want to remember the good, the bad and the ugly times is odd, but important.
Taken From Granny Nannies

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