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16 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ to your Child (Plus 10 bonus action steps!)

16 Ways to Say ‘I Love You’ to your Child (Plus 10 bonus action steps!)

Ah, those three little words. I say them ALL the time to my kids.

But am I overusing the ‘I love you’?

Are kids numb to the phrase ‘I love you’?

‘I love you’ isn’t just a phrase we say before school or bed.

And while we should absolutely continue saying those three little words, perhaps
we could add to it so that our kids are really getting the message loud and clear.

happy mother and girl hugging

Other ways to say I love you to your child

Here are 16 other phrases you can use instead of (or in addition to) “I love you.”

– You are so very loved.

– You mean the world to me. 

– My love for you will never stop.

– No matter what, I will always love you.

– When I look at you, my heart feels so much love.

– I love you ever so much.

– Sometimes I think my heart might burst it loves you so much!

– I loved you from the moment I saw you.

– My love for you is SO big.

– You are so precious to me.

– I love you more and more each and every day.

– I smile when I think of you.

– I love spending time with you.

– I adore you.

– I love you with all my heart.

– I cherish you.

mother and child daughter play, talk and laugh in bed

We can also say ‘I love you’ with our actions. Here are 10 bonus actions to say “I love you.”

Say “I love you” with actions

– Write a sweet note and leave it on their bathroom mirror.

– Draw a picture of their favorite cartoon character.

– Make their favorite snack, just because.

– Go on a mommy-daughter (or mommy-son) date.

– Turn down their bed before they climb in.

– When holding hands, gently squeeze three times. (You might have to explain that this means I love you!)

– Get down on the floor and play trains…or dolls…or legos. (You get the idea!)

– Make up a secret handshake.

– Tell them a funny joke.

– Be intentional with listening when they have something to say. (And don’t forget the eye contact!)

Mother and her daughter child girl playing and hugging

There you have it! I hope this list was helpful for you!


Friday 29th of September 2017

There is certainly a great deal to find out about this subject. I really like all the points you made.


Saturday 30th of September 2017

Thank you!