It’s so important to show your family you appreciate them. As humans, we all have a need to feel loved and appreciated. Looking for opportunities to acknowledge your family can motivate, grow self-esteem, and foster a positive atmosphere in your home.
10 ways to show your family you appreciate them
- Remember to say, “thank you.” This sounds obvious, but taking a moment to show genuine gratitude can mean a lot.
- Focus on the positive instead of the negative. Life seems to give us plenty of negativity but if that’s all kids hear at home, it can’t be a positive place. Looking for the positive can help create the safe place our families need.
- Treat your family members like your best friends. You wouldn’t walk in and chew out your best friend for spilling a drink, you would help them. Let your family see your best and kindest behavior, while still being the parent and providing the structure they need.
- Give specific compliments for things your family does right. If your child studies really hard for a test, or shows kindness to a friend, let them know it was great.
- Graciously accept compliments. This one can be hard! Sometimes it’s easier to give compliments than to receive them. If someone tells you how nice you look and you come back with twenty reasons why they’re wrong, your kids will start looking for holes when they receive compliments too. Instead being positive, a simple compliment can become a powerful tool for negative self-talk. Set a great example for your kids by learning to accept compliments gracefully.
- Let family members choose activities and actively participate. Kids (and adults) have changing interests and activities they like to do. Take the time to play hide and seek, go for a walk, or play a video game.
- Look for small ways to show your love every day. Whether it’s making the bed for your son who’s running late, or putting a note in a lunch box, little reminders can show you care.
- Tell your family you love them. Not everyone grows up this way and it can be hard for some, but hearing, “I love you” can be a great way for kids to know they’re loved and appreciated, no matter what.
- Listen. Taking the time to listen shows your family they’re important to you and you value their ideas and opinions. Here are some ideas about the importance of listening.
- Celebrate the special days. Create traditions you can do with your family and play ahead so birthdays and holidays can be memorable.