I was then challenged to ask my children a very simple question that could potentially change the nature of our relationship.
How do you feel loved?
Their answers brought tears to my eyes.
My 5 year old daughter said:
“When you hug me and snuggle me.”
“When you kiss me.”
When you braid my hair.”
When you paint my nails.”
My 7 year old son said:
“When you feed me.”
“When you play with me.”
“When you bring me places.”
“When you take me to get ice cream.”
“When you sit in my room before bed and we chit-chat.”
“When you kiss and hug me.”
Clearly my kids feel the most loved through physical affection and quality time. After giving them both a hug and kiss I reflected how often I actually do these things. Daily. But do I soak in the moments? Do I appreciate how it is making them feel as I do it? I have concluded that I definitely need to put myself into the moment more. These little gestures of love, routine, and every day activities fill my children’s hearts with love. How special is that?! I am so blessed to be their mommy.
My New Years Challenge to you: Ask your kids the very simple question that could potentially change the course of your relationship. How do you feel loved?
In exchange for this blog post, I received coupons for a variety of Stonyfield yogurt products. We have shared yogurt dates for breakfast to spend more time together. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.