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.

Time with teens

The older children get, the busier they become and the harder it can be to find moments to connect. Here are a few tools you might use to find a few extra minutes with your teenager.

Tips:

Connect over shared interests

Connecting with your child over their interests reinforces the message that you value your child and want to spend time with them.