On saying ‘I love you’ to your children
How often do you say ‘I love you’ to your children? I say it to Eliza all the time, so I was curious to read this article on Parentdish questioning if you can ever say it too much.
I say it so often as I want Eliza – and Alex, of course! – to always know it. I know she doesn’t need to hear it to know it, but I want her to hear it, and I want us to always say it.
The article makes an interesting point about upbringing playing a big part in how often you use the words now. I come from a close but not overly emotional or sentimental family – I have two brothers, there were and still are lots of squabbles and arguments – yet we always said it to each other all the time, and I want it to be the same with my children.
But can you ever say it too much? Obviously there are times where is it less appropriate (e.g. not when someone’s bashing the TV with the remote or trying to chew on a plugged-in phone charger, mentioning no names, ahem) but I don’t think you can. In fact, I’ve been saying it more since reading this article on Lucy’s Facebook page about the things you should say to your children. And more in particular because one of the commenters said that when her child said it to her for the first time, her friend pointed out it was because they’d heard her say it all the time. How lovely is that?
What do you think – is it possible to say I love you too much?
And here’s a lovely article from Cup of Jo that really stuck in my mind, about saying it to your partner in the middle of an argument.