Written by a contributing writer
It is easy to take people for granted. As a mom, it probably happens to you on a daily basis. The kids don’t say thank you for making dinner or the husband doesn’t realize how much work it takes to get a clean house when you have kids. However, most mothers move on to the next day without a second thought. But, instead of hoping they show they care, why don’t you make the first move? If you start the process, they are more likely to reciprocate. And, let’s face it – very few things get done around the house without a mother’s touch.
Here are four simple ways to show your family you love them.
Smile When You See Them
The majority of moms can’t help but shine their cheesiest grin when they see their loved ones. Whether it’s the hubby or the kids, they make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Still, there are times when you've had it with them or when you are not feeling at your best mentally and physically. It’s these times which are the ones which cement your love. By flashing a loving smile when they walk in the room, they will know they are the center of your attention. You don’t have to speak because a smile says a thousand words.
Share Regular Meals
It is true that families don’t share the same dynamic any longer. Thanks to technology and a fast paced environment, people don’t appear to have time for a family dinner. However, sitting down and eating together is an amazing way to create a bond and keep it alive. The simple act of asking the kids and your partner how their day was is a sign you care. After all, who would ask and listen to the response if they were just going through the motions? Also, the dinner table is a place for fun and laughter, and these two elements are sure-fire signs of a loving household.
Of course, the most basic method is to say it with words. Sometimes, there is no need, but people like to hear it all the same. It isn’t like the jury is out; it’s more like it feels good when it comes out of the blue. Just saying the words “I love you” is a great place to start, but you don’t even have to have the conversation face to face. If you prefer, you can slip personalized thank you cards into your family’s lunch. The feeling of warmth when they see their surprise is hard to replicate any other way. Leaving notes on the bathroom mirror has the same effect.
Use Grand Gestures
There is nothing better than a surprise which ticks all of the boxes. A card at lunch is nice, but it is human nature to want more. For example, the kids might want a trip to Disneyland over the summer, and your husband might want a new car. Although they are big gestures, they do go a long way when used sparingly. Plus, it is always nice to enjoy a vacation and come back to a brand new car!
Usually, you can show them how much you care by being the mom of the house.