Being Open With Your Kids About Love
Now that the month of love is taking off, your kids will see lots of hearts and Valentine's Day decorations, and they're sure to have questions about love. Even if they don't, here are a few ways to talk to your kids about love, show them how to love themselves, and have an overall healthy and happy understanding of this complicated emotion.
Read Children's Stories About Love
What better way to celebrate love with your little ones than by teaching them the power of love through classic children's stories? There are plenty of options, depending on their ages, but a really great one to start with is I Love You Because You're You.
Acts of Love
Another way to open up the conversation about love is to simply show your kids how much you love them, with hugs and kisses and treats and vegetables. You can set up a baking day in your country kitchen, then explain to them that you want to make them cookies and spend time with them because you love them. Or that you want them to eat their vegetables so that they'll live forever, because you'll love them forever!
Show Confidence in Yourself
Time and time again we hear that we must love ourselves in order to truly love another. Make sure you love yourself and show confidence in front of your kids! It will teach them to be strong and confident as they model themselves after you. It's important to help your kids to love themselves long before they're sucked into the media's unrealistic expectations.
Use Characters as Examples
If you need to talk to your kids about love, you can use some of their favorite characters as examples, or even their toddler toys! Stay away from anything too fantastical to avoid unreal expectations, but it's okay to use this method to explain simple things: Shrek picked flowers for Fiona because he loves her, etc.
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