Ten Ways to Show Them You Love Them

My daughter came up to me yesterday and as she is wont to do, she leaned against my arm and said “Mommy, I love you.” I hugged her and told her I loved her too. She tells me she loves me all the time, but yesterday she’d made a card to show her love. I surprised her this morning when she got up with a card that I’d made for her – it tickled her to no end that I’d made her a card.

It’s a really simple thing to do – to say the words I love you – especially when you feel them so strongly as you do for your family and your children. But it’s not just saying the words that shows them we love them, it’s what we do that demonstrates our love. Want some ideas? I’ve found the following to be pretty helpful – especially when I just wanted to show them that I loved them:

  • Play footsie with your spouse at the dinner table
  • Kiss your spouse first thing in the morning, when they get home from work, and before you go to bed at night
  • Hold hands whenever you are walking or together in the car, on the sofa or just wandering through the grocery store
  • Run your fingers through their hair or across the back of their hand when they are talking to you, be sure to really listen too
  • When you have a problem, let your spouse know and appreciate their concern whether they can repair the problem for you or not
  • Snuggle together or spoon at night in bed and talk – there’s something that’s really nurturing in those snuggle chats
  • Don’t hesitate to say I’m sorry when you have a disagreement or you said something that was misinterpreted
  • If your spouse has taught you something – share with them what you have learned
  • Play card games or board games – don’t play to win – play to have fun
  • You admire qualities in your spouse – tell them what it is about them that you admire – don’t be afraid to share what you love in them – you might surprise them more than you know
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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.