As a parent, I look forward to unexpected moments of sweetness that take me by surprise. They brighten my day beyond measure and I treasure each and every one.
Lately, my little guy has been saying (out of the blue), “Mama, I love you too.” (It’s really sweet because, sometimes, I haven’t even said “I love you” yet!)
My older child often says “I love you” at unexpected moments, as well - in the morning when we're at the door putting on our coats and boots; while doing a craft or activity together; or even when we spend some quiet time reading a book while her little brother naps.
I have always made a conscious effort to let my kids know how I feel about them, so that they have a good role model for using positive, uplifting words. Words of kindness and affection don't need to be saved for bedtime or school drop-off; we use them all the time. And, I want them to know that hearing those three little words make my day! They stop me in my tracks and all of the noise in my life seems to go away. It’s amazing the effect they can have on a person – it’s powerful stuff!
If you don’t already, I encourage you to start your day with a big “I love you” to your child(ren). The impact of those three little words will be felt throughout the day.
And, who knows, you might just be met with the same when you’re least expecting it!