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10 ways to make your kids feel loved, all year round

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 10:46 p.m. MDT

Today's Parent writer Marissa Stapley Ponikowski lists 10 ways to help children feel loved all the time, including waking children up with a smile, listening to them, and saying Today's Parent writer Marissa Stapley Ponikowski lists 10 ways to help children feel loved all the time, including waking children up with a smile, listening to them, and saying "yes" to snuggles. (Shutterstock)

Our take: Today's Parent writer Marissa Stapley Ponikowski lists 10 ways to help children feel loved all the time, including waking children up with a smile, listening to them, and saying "yes" to snuggles.

Showing love shouldn't be relegated to Valentine's Day, especially when it comes to your family and particularly when it comes to your kids. "Children who are secure in knowing that they are loved by their parents or caregivers are free to go on with their lives with a full heart and self-confidence," says spiritual parenting expert Christine Marrin. "They are better able to give in all aspects of life: they can give out friendship, kindness and compassion. They share, they forgive, they have more room for the mistakes of others, they are able to receive love, compliments and the goodness that life has to offer."

We all want this for our children. Here's how to get there.

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