As adults, it’s soooo easy to get caught up in all that we want and need to do.  But I never want my children to feel lost in the shuffle – so I decided to “interview” my kids to learn THEIR favorite ways that their Dad and I show them love.  We all have our own love languages – preferred channels for giving and receiving love – even kids do!  So in the spirit of speaking my kids’ language, I wanted to hear straight from them what makes them feel most loved and adored.

So below is a huge list of my girls’ favorite ways to be loved on – (and a few things they’re hoping for in the future)  😉  My two girls happen to be different as night and day, so their ideas definitely differ too — but isn’t the foundation of communication and relationship-building always about meeting people where they’re at?

Hope these ideas help get you thinking outside the box and inspired to pour into your kids with some quality time spent today.  Be sure to share in the comments section what would most appeal to you and your kids, and/or what you would add to this list.

101 Ways to Love on the Kids in Your Life!

  • one on one parent-child dates of child’s choice
  • spend time reading books together
  • smashbooking together
  • scrapbooking together
  • Bible journaling together
  • hiking as a family
  • bowling
  • swimming
  • camping
  • stargazing
  • family road trips
  • snow-tubing
  • house-boating
  • playing at the beach
  • laying on the trampoline and cloud-watching, jumping, or flipping together
  • reading devotions together
  • family dinners around the table
  • campfires with smores
  • sitting by the fireplace on a cold day
  • family day out
  • time capsule letters for kids to be opened in the future
  • movie nights with popcorn
  • family bike rides
  • family walks
  • everybody painting the same thing and comparing/contrasting the results
  • pillow fights
  • family game night
  • catching fireflies
  • climbing trees
  • building a birdhouse
  • creating outdoor fairy houses
  • family basketball
  • fostering a pet
  • playing x-box together
  • family yoga practice
  • doing seasonal crafts together
  • zip-lining together
  • visiting a family camp
  • clubs and classes at church
  • gardening together
  • hosting parties and gatherings “just because”
  • looking at old family photos together
  • watching old home movies together
  • re-telling and reminiscing over favorite family stories
  • vision casting with a family vision board
  • practicing cartwheels all together
  • hot chocolate after sledding in the wintertime

Easy Ways to Love on the Kids in Your Life!

  • telling and re-telling our favorite jokes
  • listening to Dad’s silly voice-over impressions
  • watching Dad fly his giant power kite followed by comedic attempts at the same
  • karaoke at home – courtesy of the family laptop
  • family dance parties
  • car-dancing in the Jeep with the top-down when it’s warm
  • family traditions and inside-jokes
  • volunteering as a family
  • practicing random acts of kindness together
  • get silly for no other reason than life is short and life is good
  • supporting/adding to the kids’ special collections (like sock monkeys in the case of my oldest)
  • watch a cool show DVRed and saved to watch together as a fun surprise
  • wash favorite blankets the way they like and “deliver” them warm from the dryer
  • snuggles for ALL ages
  • girls only tea parties
  • include a special note with lunch reminding them how much they’re loved
  • schedule time alone together to just talk and talk about it before-hand to get excited
  • putting something special in their bed to find later
  • cooking and baking together
  • family lego building
  • redeem homemade coupon books from Christmas and birthdays
  • drop what we’re doing to welcome each other home upon arriving
  • making homemade spa products for girls’ spa day at home
  • creating silly movies together with photo booth and iMovie
  • small, surprise rewards brought home for a job well done
  • kid-friendly DIY projects that we all enjoy
  • creating seasonal bucket lists of fun things to do together
  • special annual birthday traditions like reading the baby book and congratulations cards
  • family fishing at the local pond
  • archery with Dad
  • fossil hunting and creek-walking
  • kayaking and canoeing
  • building snowmen, throwing snowballs, and making snow angels all together
  • interview each child via video to capture their thoughts on special moments in their lives – whether past, present, or future

These are a few of our favorite things to promote family-bonding and making memories!  All are ideas that stick out to our kids as things they’ve either loved doing and receiving OR what they believe would make them feel poured into if we were to plan them.  There you have it – straight from the horses mouth – for kids, by kids {with a little help from mom}  🙂

Every kid is so unique in their own special way – what do your kids enjoy that reminds them how loved they are?

For more on fun with kids, check out 5 Ridiculously Awesome Things About Having Kids next!