How To Make Your Child Feel Loved
Being deliberate about making sure your child feels love is important for their well-being and can help their development.
In a 2013 study, lead author Judith E. Carroll, a research scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, found the following: "If the child has love from parental figures, they may be more protected from the impact of the abuse on adult biological risk for health problems than those who don't have that loving adult in their life."
Another report, published by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2016, found that children “whose mothers nurtured them early in life have a larger hippocampus,” the part of the brain that helps you learn, retain memory, and manage stress.
“This study suggests there’s a sensitive period when the brain responds more to maternal support,” said first author Joan L. Luby, MD, a Washington University child psychiatrist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in a write-up about the study.
Tips To Make Your Child Feel Loved
Many researchers suggest making love and affection known in myriad ways, including hugging your child daily, which MindChamps.org emphasizes can be beneficial to children in making them feel safer, smarter, and less stressed. Hand in Hand Parenting recommends carving out “special time,” which can be however long you dictate. Allow your child to suggest the type of activity they would like you to participate in. If you choose the activity, ensure they are enthusiastic about it and not just going along to please you. Decide on a time and make it so there will be no interruptions.