It is important to say the three words – ‘I Love You’

I Love You written on wood

“It’s important to tell your kids that you love them. I had difficulty doing that until one day. After Jamie’s wedding he came out of the church and we embraced and he said to me, ‘I love you, old man.’ I found the tears poured out of my eyes. My dad never said that to me and I wouldn’t have been able to say it to my kids except for that experience – it empowered me. Now I find it much easier to say ‘ love you’ – and to express other feelings – to my kids.” – Ian Brayshaw, former Western Australian footballer and cricketer

  • Saying the words ‘I love you’ can be difficult. It takes practice to become comfortable expressing that emotion
  • Set a goal to say ‘I love you’ at least once every day. Perhaps when you leave for work, or when you put your children to bed
  • The more you say those three little words, the easier it will become.


Be aware of children’s emotions

Don’t back off and assume it is mum’s role to deal with kids’ emotions. Learn to recognise when your child is feeling sad or frightened.


Create fun weekend and vacation experiences

Be inventive in deciding how to spend time with your children.