Mummy Confession: The words, “I love you” are spoken often in this house. I’ve always wanted my family to be like this, too.
As a tribute to the day, I have compiled a list (among the many) of ten ways to say, “I love you.” This is not solely for Valentine’s Day or other “special” days. I feel it is important to let those we love know this important message all the time!
10. Take a picture. Together.
Gone are the days where a camera has to be a heavy, expensive object taken out only for special occasions. Use your phone, use a camera, schedule a photo shoot, or go somewhere special and click to your heart’s content. Especially with the little loves, I’ve found that time goes by so quickly, and the kids have grown up, our hairs have greyed, and we wish we had recorded more in times past to reminisce and remember. I have plenty of pictures of the kids, but not enough of us together.
9. Go for a stroll, or a drive.
Walk hand-in-hand. This might be a necessity for those of us with small children, to prevent unwanted chases. Enjoy the scenery, take in the moments. Have a laugh, and catch up on the latest events. Make memories. The outdoors are not only good for your health, but definitely help in feeling refreshed!
8. Do something nice.
Have you seen the dishes piling up, laundry in need of folding, or something your loved one keeps mentioning needs to get done? Do it for them without any expectations. The without expectations is a must.
7. Leave a note.
Write some kind words, encouraging quote, or just an “I love you” in a place for your loved one to find. Lunches, cars, bathrooms, or on the fridge. Be creative. Draw on the note if you have skills. Make a poem. Put it in a card. The written word is powerful, and so often these days, it seems to be used to hurt. Use your words for good.
It doesn’t have to be expensive. Just get a little something you know they like when you are doing the shopping. Make something yourself if you are blessed with the ability to create (I’m not good at homemade anything). Bake cookies. Knit a scarf. Anything can be given with love, and it always feels nice to give, as well as to receive something out of love.
5. Have a date. Just the two of you.
No, I’m not just talking husbands and wives. That’s a given, I think. Take your son or daughter out for some one-on-one time. This will look a bit different to an adult “date” but spending time together can be a great way to say I love you! Dress up, bring her flowers, open her door, and take her to her favourite meal. Yes, it may be McDonalds, but she will appreciate it. If your “date” is on the younger side, be sure to bring some entertainment along. (Just a wallet and some cards may even suffice.) You don’t even have to go out of the house!
4. Read together.
Reading isn’t just beneficial for you and your child, but read with your other half. Sappy poetry is a good suggestion but not necessarily all. Read books together. Dramatically recite song lyrics. Cuddle up together and enjoy! Better still, make it a family event!
This one is so simple, and only requires a few seconds. Best done alongside another suggestion on this list. Look at them the way you did when you first fell in love, and smile. Take in their beauty all over again. (And no, again, I’m not talking only your partner, but also your children. Remember the day you fell head over heels for them.) Soak in and reflect on the moments you’ve made together.
Hugs are powerful. The end. (Just be sure your love is ok with it.)
1. Just say it.
The most obvious way to say, “I love you” has to be just to say it. Nothing can be more simple than speaking the words to show you care. Words are powerful, so lets use them to build up and encourage, and to tell how much we appreciate the ones we love by just speaking those three words. I love you.