Awhile back, I started doing something very simple with my children that doesn’t cost anything and in an instant makes us closer, more connected, and lets my kids know that I’m always on their side.
What is this magic thing, you ask?
I started saying “I love you” to my children in sign language. And they started saying it back to me.
It’s a simple thing, really.
If I’m sitting in the next room, and I glance over at Ginger (age 4) while she’s reading or playing Legos…I don’t have to interrupt her. I don’t have to say anything. I just flash her “our” little sign and instantly, a smile breaks out across her face. She flashes it back to me and instantly, we connect.
When Paprika (age 7) is at swim team practice, or up on stage at Theatre and she needs a little reassurance, she can look to me and I will flash her the I love you sign. I don’t have to be within earshot. I won’t embarrass her by yelling – since she’s at that age now. 😉 With one simple sign, I can calm her down and let her know that her number one fan and supporter is rooting for her on the sidelines. I don’t need to scream. She knows!
This little sign is so important to us that it’s even the Home Screen on our iPad:
It’s such a simple little thing, really. It doesn’t cost a penny – and it’s making all the difference in the world in our home right now.
What little, simple things do you do to let your child know they’re loved? Tell me in the comments. 🙂
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