What made you feel loved as a kid? Think about it. Maybe you remember rollerblading with your parents on holiday? Being helped with homework? Or just telling them what you thought was a really big secret? There certainly is a time and place for big presents and gestures but very often, it is the small things that count.
Turns out, quite a few of them end up on the Internet, too. And we at Bored Panda did our best to collect them. Below you will find a wholesome series of posts where kids celebrate their parents' signs of affection. Whether we're talking baking cookies or 3D-printing a little anti-stress elephant, these moms and dads went the extra mile for their kids, and even if some of them weren't executed to a tee, it's the intention that matters.
Continue scrolling to enjoy the entries and check out our interview with Vicki Broadbent, a writer, director, broadcaster, and founder of an awesome parenting blog called Honest Mum.
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By no means do these posts mean that children are content with just short bursts of affection. Parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. "Children want your time and attention, plain and simple," Vicki Broadbent, the author of Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home, told Bored Panda. "While every child undoubtedly loves a treat, a present, or a party, what they consistently crave is quality time with their parents and carers. They want you to listen to them (however long and convoluted their stories are) and when they request you play with them, they want you to do just that and not just once."
Children want you to commit to them and they can tell the difference when you are consistently showing care by devoting your time and energy. "Even if you can only spare 10 minutes of your time a day (because the parenting juggle is real), please try to do so," Broadbent advises. "Having children allows you to relive your own childhood, to feel free and see the world through your children's precious eyes so don't miss the opportunity."
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Those 10 minutes don't have to be anything glossy. Simply, genuine. Broadbent, for example, said her mom would tell her stories of her own childhood, and they were her personal favorites. According to the mother, board games, sports, and other activities that encourage imaginative play and the family can enjoy together are also great ideas for those precious moments. "I love sharing the programs and films I loved as a child with my own kids (we're currently watching Sister, Sister on Netflix) and we often bake the biscuits I'd make with my Dad and the crumble that got me through every exam I've ever taken. Let yourself go and enjoy parenting."
These things help parents become attentive on a daily basis. "It is your job as a parent and carer to make your child feel emotionally secure and loved. If you were denied this as a child yourself and require help on how to connect with your child and become more demonstrative, please consider therapy so your children won't miss out on that crucial love and support every child needs and has a human right to."
One of the most bonding times Broadbent experiences with her own kids is when she reads to them at bedtime, a tradition which started when they were babies and has continued to this day, even though the fellas are already 10 and 8. "I relish in playing the different characters' voices and making the stories come alive for my kids," she said. "It's a time we are able to enjoy one another's company without distractions. I cuddle and kiss my kids a lot but I'm mindful that now that my son is 10, he doesn't want PDAs when I drop him off at school, for example, so I'm always respectful. It makes the odd hand holding extra special. Both of my sons know that they are enough and they are loved as I tell them every day, and in return, they are able to show love and care back."
Don't stress yourself with expensive gifts, Broadbent highlighted, those are not the things children will remember. "Consider the values you want your children to garner, not of materialism but connectivity, shared experiences, charity and empathy."
It's Really Beautiful
A Year Ago I Sent My Dad A Meme. Little Did I Know He Printed It, Dated It, Hand Laminated It, And Put It In His Office
I Saw This Japanese Mom’s Amazing Cooking And Sent It To My Mom, Asked Her If She Could Make One For Me. I Was Just Joking Since I’m No Longer A Kid And Living In Another Continent Now. Two Hours Later She Replied With This Pic And Told Me She Will Be Practicing And Cook For Me When I Go Back Home
And This Dad Who Has Been Proud Of His Son's Work At Every Age
And This Dad Who Sent A Hilariously Embarrassing Voice-Recorded Card To His Daughter
These Parents Who Made A Legit At-Home Blockbuster For Their Son
This Just Made My Day
I’ve Been Having A Hard Time Bonding With And Getting My Daughter To Smile Lately. So I Finally Agreed To Let Her Give Me A Makeover And Her Smile Says It All
My Dad Is Adorable And His Bad Jokes Always Make Me Happy
This Mom Who Belted Out A Classic Song In Public Just To Cheer Up Her Kid
This Dad Who Overnighted Mangos To His Daughter Because She Forgot To Pack Them
This Dad, Who Took What He Learned And Ran With It
My Dad Has Been Peeling Oranges For My Lunch Since Kindergarten & On My Last Day Of High School I Got This Instead
My Mom Found My Book In Her Local Library And I Can’t Get Over How Proud She Looks
My Mom Sent Me This Picture Of Her And Our Family Dog Showing Their Pride. It Made Me Smile To Know They Support And Love Me And The Lgbt Community!
Guys, My Mum Wants You All To Cheer Up And Look At Cute Babies
No Matter How Old, You're Always A Kid To Your Father.
This Mom And Gma Who Make Sure To Never Miss A Game
Dad Builds A Stage Right On His Driveway To Host College Graduation For His Daughter
My Mother-In-Law Set Up A Sweetheart Table For My Fiancée And I On What Was Supposed To Be Our Wedding Day
Wholesome 100!! Dad Made Custom Controller For Her Specialy Abled Daughter So She Could Play Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
This Dad Who Was So Proud To Walk His Son To School No Matter His Son's Age
My Mom Recently Moved In With Me. She Spent 30 Years Working In A Jewelry Store. I Needed A New Battery In My iPhone. She Immediately Looked Me In The Eye And Said “I Got This”. Welcome Home Mom. I Love You.
My Daughter’s Entire 1st Grade Class Had A Virtual “Fort Night” Together To Celebrate The End Of The Year And Boy, Did Her Dad Deliver On The Fort Making
I Asked My Bar Guest What She Was Writing. Turns Out She Has 3 Daughters And She Writes 5 Lines A Day To Each Of Them. These Will Be Gifts When They Get Married One Day. Mom Of The Year
She’s Got Great Chat, An Eye For Colour & This Only Cost Me £1.
My Son Broke His Wrist And It Extra Sucks Since We Are Stuck At Home For At Least Another Month. I Decorated His Cast And Now He Loves It And Is Super Happy To Finally Have A "Tattoo"
I'm not an artist but am really proud of this.