35 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids

Use This List As A Guide To Help Spark Some Creative Ideas Specific To Your Child

By Melissa Shrader Editor/Publisher Loveland Macaroni Kid July 18, 2021

These are just a few fun, caring, creative,simple ways to show your kids of any age that you care and they matter. 

1.       Wear that macaroni necklace (or other creative accessory) to work. Well, at least until you're safely out the door.

2.       Tape a family mantraor slogan (No One Can Stop Us From SOARing!) (What Others Say/Do Don’t Define Who We Are – Our Actions/Words Speak For Themselves – Create your own) to you're refrigerator door and invoke it whenever your child feels discouraged.

3.       Go for a walk with just one child.

4.       Slip a note (and an ooccasional piece of chocolate) into her lunch box.

5.       Build your ownMinecraft world alongside his/hers. Put a Fun Barbie vignette eating an afternoon snack or making dinner, maybe taking a drive around the playroom, in the Barbie playhouse etc. 

6.       Say "yes" to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter. 

7.       Show as much enthusiasm on amusement-park rides as they do. 

8.       If you quarrel in front of your child, make sure that he/she also sees you make up.

9.       When her room looks like a tsunami swept through it, close the door and get on with your day.

10.   Skype or do FaceTime with Grandma every now and then. Do a Grandparent picnic in the living room when they visit. 

11.   If your child has given it a good try, but he's/she's still miserable and anxious and really, truly wants to quit the team, give him/her your blessing.

12.   Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stompin every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots. Stomp with them! 

13.   Get out the glitter glue and make a special card for your child for no reason.

14.   Take in a pet that needs a home—and a child's love.

15.   Give your toddler a chance to fight his own battles in the sandbox or on the playground before you intervene.

16.   Hold off with the barrage of how-was-your-day questions if your child comes home from school grumpy and tired. You can always get the rundown at the dinner table.

17.   Cultivate your own rituals and traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, pumpkin picking everyfall.

18.   Ask your kid to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a good teacher he is.

19.   Let your child wear her/his dress-up clothes to the supermarket. All month if she/he wants to.

20.   Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about her. 

21.   Stay up late to see the full moon together. 

22.   Print their childhood photos so they have something physical to look at one day.

23.   Don't be in a hurry to tell your kid to let it go. They need to vent too.

24.   Cook heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast. Or a favorite character like Micky Mouse. 

25.   Crank up the music in the middle of homework and have a dance party.

26.   Make a secret family handshake.Make a family song or dance. 

27.   Hang a whiteboard in her room to leave messages for each other.

28.   Start a pillow fight. Or a ticklefight. 

29.   Share your old diaries, photos, and letters from when you were her age.

30. Do something unexpected and exciting. Take them to their favorite candy shop. Take them on a bike ride after school. Take them to a movie. Make dinner and a dessert together.

31.   Thank your child when he does a chore on his own—even if it's just hanging up a wet towel without prompting or refilling the empty water pitcher.

32. Put a note on their pillow before bedtime.Write a note on the bathroom mirror. 

33. Take them to a special breakfast out on aschool day. 

34. Play a game before school. 

35. Make up a song with them. 

Again, These are suggestions, I hope they spark some ideas of your own specific to your family.