1. Take a few moments to write or draw love notes for each other on a regular basis.
Ask children too young to write to tell you something they love about a parent or sibling, and help them make a picture or scribble a note to tuck into a lunchbox, briefcase, or hide under a pillow. Get bath crayons for older children to scrawl notes of appreciation on mirrors and shower walls. Write a few quick sentences of affirmation to send in backpacks headed off to school. A few minutes of your time, a few times a month, can remind your family how deeply and truly they are loved.
2. Carry your infant or toddler in a baby carrier.
Babywearing fosters bonding, closeness, and an overall sense of well being. Held closely at your level, little ones are able to engage in parents' activities, conversations, and point of view, making them an active part of the learning and doing of every day life. Countless studies have outlined the benefits to children's confidence and sense of self when touch, cuddles, and closeness are a common practice in the family, and babywearing is an excellent tool to ensure those love tanks are full to the brim.
3. Schedule some planned, deliberate unplugged time to enjoy together as a family.
In today's world, distractions and responsibilities are many, and difficult to silence. Whether it's a long walk with devices left at home, or a game night during which everyone leaves their phones, computers, and other screens in their bedrooms, create a space for your family to remember that the world will continue on without you as you spend some quality, focused time together for a bit. Make it a ritual to unplug and check in with each other on a regular basis.
4. Start a family tradition
Some of our most precious memories are rituals and routines we shared with our family growing up. Have a brainstorming session and plan out a few traditions to start with your kids. A monthly family night, a special restaurant on a holiday, a Valentine's treat for breakfast on the 14th, a song you sing every night - it can be elaborate or simple, but start building those memories for your little ones now!
5. Practice gratitude
Families who practice regular, active gratitude are happier and more satisfied overall. Get into the habit of sharing something you are grateful for with each other every day over dinner, or as you leave for school and work, or before you say goodnight. Knowing you will be reporting back to your family will open your eyes to the best moments in your day, train your heart to seek them, and sharing them will multiply their impact.
Wishing you and yours a very happy love month!