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100 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Child

Love is an essential emotion for children, and they need to hear and see it every day. Gary Chapman wrote ‘The 5 Love Languages of Children’. In his book, he states there are five love languages for children: physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, and acts of service. As parents, we express love for our children with gestures, kind words, and personal affirmations. These actions and words help us to build a loving bond with our children. Here’s a list of 100 ways to say “I love you” to your child that focuses on words of affirmation. Children whose primary love language is words of affirmation can become easily discouraged by crticism and negative comments. Read through our list and pick a phrase per day to show your child how much you love them.

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1. Verbal Affirmations

  1. “I love you more than you’ll ever know.”
  2. “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.”
  3. “You make my heart smile.”
  4. “I’m grateful for you every day.”
  5. “You are the very best part of my day.”

2. Show Your Pride

  1. “I am so proud of the person you are becoming.”
  2. “I am proud to be your parent.”
  3. “You impress me more and more each day.”
  4. “You’re doing an amazing job at being you.”
  5. “I’m in awe of your accomplishments.”

3. A Touch of Wisdom

  1. “You have a kind heart, and that’s what matters most.”
  2. “I’m here to talk about anything, any time.”
  3. “No matter what, I believe in you.”
  4. “You can always count on me to support you.”
  5. “Your future is as bright as your dreams.”

4. Encouraging Words

  1. “You’ve got this. I believe in your abilities.”
  2. “Every challenge you face makes you stronger.”
  3. “Mistakes are just a part of learning.”
  4. “I love to see you try new things.”
  5. “Keep going, you’re doing great!”

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5. Through the Art of Listening

  1. “Tell me about your day, I’m all ears.”
  2. “I’m listening, bring your thoughts to me.”
  3. “Your voice is music to my ears.”
  4. “I love to hear the sound of your laughter.”
  5. “Your stories make my day.”

6. Share in Their Joys

  1. “Your happiness is my happiness.”
  2. “I love that you find joy in the little things.”
  3. “Let’s celebrate together!”
  4. “It’s amazing to see you shine.”
  5. “I’m jumping for joy with you!”

7. Be Present and Engaged

  1. “I’m here with you, right now.”
  2. “Let’s do something fun together.”
  3. “I enjoy spending time with you.”
  4. “You have my undivided attention.”
  5. “I’m here to support and share your interests.”

8. Celebrate Their Successes

  1. “I’m so glad I get to be here for this moment.”
  2. “Your success doesn’t surprise me, it’s who you are.”
  3. “You amaze me with your accomplishments.”
  4. “That’s fantastic, well done!”
  5. “You’ve earned this, and I couldn’t be prouder.”

9. Compassionate Understanding

  1. “I understand, and I’m here for you.”
  2. “I’m sorry you’re feeling that way, let’s talk it out.”
  3. “It’s okay to be sad, and I’m here to help.”
  4. “You have every right to feel the way you do.”
  5. “I will always listen without judgment.”

10. Fun and Play

  1. “I love our playtimes together.”
  2. “You have the best games, you’re so creative.”
  3. “I’m impressed by your fun spirit.”
  4. “Tickle time!”
  5. “You always find a way to make me smile.”

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11. Nurturing Nature

  1. “Let’s plant something together, and watch it grow.”
  2. “I’ll help you with your project, I love to see you creative.”
  3. “I’m here to help nourish and support you.”
  4. “I’ll take care of you when you don’t feel well.”
  5. “You can always find comfort in my embrace.”

12. With Gifts, Big or Small

  1. “I saw this and thought of you.”
  2. “Presents are a reflection of love, and I love to spoil you.”
  3. “It’s not just a gift, it’s a token of my love and appreciation for you.”
  4. “You deserve the world, but here’s a small piece for now.”
  5. “I’m so glad I can give you things to make you happy.”

13. Love Note Surprises

  1. “Write on the mirror how much you love them.”
  2. “Leave a note in their lunchbox.”
  3. “Under their pillow leave a surprise note for sweet dreams.”
  4. “Sneak into their room and leave a note on the nightstand.”
  5. “Attach a note to a small gift or treat.”

14. Teach and Nurture Their Talents

  1. “You have a natural gift for this!”
  2. “I’m excited to watch you grow in your talents.”
  3. “You’re getting better all the time, I’m amazed at your dedication.”
  4. “I see you, and I see how hard you’re working. It’s amazing.”
  5. “Let’s get you the tools you need to nurture your talent.”

15. Through the Rituals of Care

  1. “Daily routines are as much about love as they are care.”
  2. “I love caring for you, it makes me feel close to you.”
  3. “I love making your lunch.”
  4. “A bedtime story, is a time for love and imagination to merge. Let them know how much you enjoy reading with them.”
  5. “Nothing says I love you like a warm, nourishing meal.”

16. Shared Experiences

  1. “Remember when we experienced that together? It was the best!”
  2. “It’s our special thing, just between us.”
  3. “This is a memory-maker, and I’m so glad it’s with you.”
  4. “Traveling with you is such a joy, sharing new experiences and making memories is the best.”
  5. “Look at us taking on the world, just you and me!”

17. Crafting and Creating Together

  1. “Two heads are better than one, especially when we’re making something special.”
  2. “This project is a symbol of our love for each other.”
  3. “No one makes a better (insert craft) than my little artist.”
  4. “Every part of this was specifically chosen for you, with love.”
  5. “The time we spent making this is a bond that can’t be broken.”

18. Symbolic Acts of Unison

  1. “Twinsies! We’re matchy-matchy and that’s a love guarantee.”
  2. “Let’s light a candle to represent us, united in love.”
  3. “Our handshake is our special code for ‘I love you’.”
  4. “A simple high-five can mean ‘I see you, and I love you.'”
  5. “We do a little dance because our love is music to our hearts.”

19. Through Play and Adventure

  1. “I’ll be the monster in your game because I love to see you brave.”
  2. “This adventure is better with my favorite explorer by my side.”
  3. “You’re my hero, and there’s no game I won’t play with you.”
  4. “You always have the best ideas for what to do, I’m in.”
  5. “Let’s find the treasure, the treasure of our bond.”

20. Consistency is Key

  1. “I’m not going anywhere, I’m here every day to love you.”
  2. “Stability and love are the cornerstones of our relationship.”
  3. “You can count on my love and support, always.”
  4. “A daily dose of love keeps the uncertainties away.”
  5. “Our love endures through thick and thin, every single day.”

Expressing love is a personal and unique experience, treasured in the hearts of both parent and child. Each expression of love, no matter how big or small, creates beautiful memories for your child. Remember, there are infinite ways to say “I love you,” and the more you say it, the stronger your connection grows with your child. If you loved this list you will love ‘Powerful Words to Say to Your Child‘. Let me know in the comments your favorite ways to tell your child you love them.


13 thoughts on “100 Ways to Say “I Love You” to Your Child”

  1. I love this!! As a new mom I found this very informative and it actually helped me and made me feel at ease to read that I’m actually doing some of these things! Being a first time mom I worry I don’t do enough so this was reassuring.

  2. Wow! I love this list. It was good to read through and evaluate what ways I say I love you to my kids and what areas I can be more deliberate! Thank you so much.

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