It's as simple as that. Tell your kid how awesome they are and how much you love them. They can never hear it enough.
Never underestimate the power of touch. A hug, kiss, or tickle can mean the world to your kid, and make you feel pretty awesome too.
Intimate, fun and good for the soul. Jokes are a funny way to get the laughter happening - kids love jokes.
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Kids can be ridiculously funny and cute when playing hide and seek. Get in on the act and join in the fun.
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Barefoot, muddy, messy, wild and free. The definition of fun for kids.
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Put that competitive streak aside and let your kid win a game every now and then. Beating mum or dad will have them on top of the world.
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A sign of love that will warm their insides. There's something about you catching their kiss that makes kids beam from ear to ear.
The noisier, more slobbery and ticklish, the better. Every kid has a love/hate relationship with the noisy raspberry!
Dance like no one is watching and wake up those happy chemicals. Put a bobby kids' song on the stereo (hello Wiggles!) or dance to your own favourite tune. The kids will love it either way. Check Spotify for ready-made kids' dance playlists.
So what if their stripes clash with their spots and blue and green should never be seen? Give your kid a little independence and let them express their individuality.
Set aside the bedtime routine every now and then and let them feel like a big kid up past their bedtime.
Put the power in your kid's hands and let them decide what's for dinner. What's a bet they'll say pizza every time?
Put away your phone and your work. When your child talks, listen to them with your full attention and allow them to feel heard.
Your kid will think there's nothing funnier than soaking you in a water fight. Make sure you get your own back!
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Pull funny faces, dance like crazy, or put on funny hats. Injecting some silliness into your play will give you both a good belly laugh.
Make your kid feel fast, strong and on top of the world when you let them beat you in a race.
Whether you whisper sweet nothings, or let them in on a real secret. Sharing something important as a secret will make your kid feel special and trusted.
Nothing beats old fashioned fun. Run under the sprinkler on a hot day and see who gets the most wet. Playing games like jumping OVER the sprinkler and running UNDER are also lots of fun.
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We all love treating ourselves to a meal out and kids are no different. Surprise them with a trip to their favourite restaurant for some yummy one-on-one time.
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Working together to build a tower higher than the both of you, is sure to make them feel important and part of a team. You can also have block races - see who can build the tallest tower in 1 minute, 5 minutes or 10 minutes.
It may be funny or it may make no sense whatsover. Watch them smile as you pretend their joke is the funniest thing you've ever heard.
Learning to climb a tree is a major milestone in a kid's life. Find a suitable tree in your backyard or bushland and conquer it slowly. If you're allowed to, why not hang a rope swing and get even more enjoyment from your new favourite tree?
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There's nothing more freeing for kids than kicking off their shoes and running wild in nature. Let them ditch their shoes as often as possible so they can feel the earth between their toes. It's so good for them.
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Believing in magic, fairies, Santa and the Easter Bunny never hurt anyone. Encourage their creativity and open the door to endless imaginary play.
Buck tradition and eat on a picnic rug on the lounge room floor. Better yet, eat outdoors.
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Grab sheets, blankets, cardboard boxes and broomsticks to build your kid a tent or fort of epic proportions. It will provide endless fun and they'll love working with you to create their dream hideout.
Embrace your inner child and up the fun-o-metre as you join your kid in a roly poly down the hill. Honestly, how long has it been since you rolled down a hill? Be careful, of course!
Don't let your phone, tv or computer distract you when you're with your kids. Be present and give them your full attention. Remember that we are the best role models when it comes to showing how good life can be when we step away from the screens...
Explore the magic and wonder of the night sky. Teach your kid about the stars and constellations and show them how small they are in our universe.
When it comes to bonding parent/child experiences, fishing is up there on the list. Big catch or not, this is sure to bring you together.
Kids are accustomed to the paparazzi, otherwise known as mum and dad, snapping their every move. Get in the picture with them and crank up the fun while you're at it.
They put a lot of effort into each and every piece of art they create. Pop it on the fridge, cherish it and tell them how clever they are.
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It doesn't take much and is absolutely free. Clapping when your child puts on a performance will fill them with a sense of pride and achievement.
Jumping on the bed is usually a big no-no, right? Break the rules every now and then and let them embrace their inner monkey jumping on the bed.
Your kid will love to see you in their school or daycare environment, helping out, talking to the teachers, getting to know their friends and watching and praising them for the good work they do.
They may not be able to tell the time yet, but picking your kid up early from daycare or school as a surprise will have them on cloud nine.
There's nothing like a surprise love note in their lunch box to put a smile on your kid's dial. For a fresh spin on your usual note, try these I Like You Because Notes.
Ice cream before dinner? Break the rules every now and then and surprise them with their favourite treat. Their reaction alone will be worth it.
All a kid ever wants is to feel loved and wanted. Free and instantaneous - a smile is all it takes to make your kid smile with you.
Whether you're a dad donning a tiara or a superhero mum, your kid will love having you enter their imaginary world of play.
Tell your kid it's the most delicious cup of tea you've ever tasted and then ask for another. They'll be so pleased with themselves, even if it IS made with cold water from the tap!!!
Let your kid see the world from a different angle as you carry them high on your back or shoulders for some old fashioned fun.
Kids love rough-housing with their parents. To pin Dad down in a wrestle, is the ultimate, but don't forget that wrestling Mum is equally as good.
Pretend you are in fits of giggles and that you can't take it any longer. Tell them to stop, stop, stop, will have them wanting to play more, more, more.
Whether it's setting the table, making their bed, or putting away their toys. Trusting in them to do a job for you will make them feel confident and a valued member of the family. Here are a few ways to get started:
Even before Peppa came along, kids have loved any chance to jump in a muddy puddle. Venture out with a raincoat and gum boots on the next rainy day for some wet weather fun.
Take kids into a shopping centre and they'll want, want, want. Surprising them with a 'just because' present out of the blue will mean so much more to them. It doesn't have to be something big - the smallest gesture will be just as appreciated. It's the thought that you were thinking of them that counts!!
Help your kid make a difference in someone else's world. They will get a natural high from seeing how their actions have helped another.
Kids love to check the mail box, but how often is there something in there for them? Surprise them with a letter and watch their face light up as they tear it open.
Learning to ride a bike isn't easy, but when your kid finally manages to get the wheels in motion, it will be a big moment for the both of you.
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You'll be surprised at how relaxing … and ticklish it feels. Letting them do your hair or makeup will have you both feeling great.
Having you fall in a dizzy heap on the ground beside them will make your kid feel awesome from the inside out.
Let them feel the wind in their hair, the sun on their face, and the thrill of swinging so high they think they will touch the sky.
Grab a tape measure and mark their height on the wall. Kids love to see how much they've grown and how big and strong they're becoming.
A superhero? A Princess? A circus clown? Let your imagination run wild as you make your kid the star of their own story. Get them to help with the storytelling and see where it takes you.
Your kid will be filled with pride and wonder as they eat something out of the garden they have nurtured from a seedling.
You may be tone def, but your kid will think it's the sweetest sound.
Kids teach us on a daily basis, but asking them outright to teach you how to do something will fill them with importance and self-confidence.
Whether you encourage them to climb to the top of the playground, or ride their bike without training wheels, gently pushing your kid out of their comfort zone will fill them with a sense of pride and achievement.
Let them be your mini-me for the day. Your kid will love to step out with you in matching outfits.
Kids love to hear what they were like as a baby. Tell them how you rocked them to sleep, how they loved the bath, or what songs you sang. Tell the story with warmth, love and feeling to create some beautiful memories.
Be involved in your kid's life. Ask them how their day was and take an interest in what they have to say.
Those two little words take little effort, yet have a huge impact.
It doesn't have to be anything extravagant, you don't even have to leave the house. Sit down with them, become involved in their world and pay them attention.
Kids have opinions too. Ask them for their input and they'll feel valued and important.
Helping mum or dad with a special job is sure to make your kid feel responsible and grown up.
Kids love the opportunity to do something important for you. Instill trust in them to help them grow into capable and responsible young people.
Everyone wants to feel loved. Tell your kid you missed them while they were at school and that you're so happy to see them.
Tell your kid they can do anything they set their mind to. Believe in them and they will believe in themselves.
Admire how strong and capable they are and how much they've grown.
Every kid wants and needs to hear how proud you are of them. Whether you're proud of them for not wetting the bed, brushing their teeth, or packing away their toys without you asking, say it often, say it loud.
Immerse yourself in their imaginary world and let them lead the fun and laughter.
Nestle them under your nook for some quiet and intimate together time as you relive their favourite book over and over again.
Whether it's a sports carnival, ballet concert or football match. Cheer them on loud and proud from the sidelines.
Let your kid overhear you tell another adult how well they did something or how proud you are of them.
Give in every now and then and let them have 'just one more' over and over again.
Minus all the gory details, tell your kid about the day they were born, how you were feeling, what happened and how you felt when you held them in your arms for the first time.
Forget about how hectic life is for a couple of hours and spend quality one-on-one time with your kid.
Nicknames make everyone feel special and kids are no different.
Friendship is important to kids. Let them have a friend or two over to invite them into their world and share their toys.
Kids love to feel safe, secure and happy in their home. Seeing you share a hug or kiss, being kind to each other, and sharing special moments, helps kids feel safe, secure and happy in their home.
Even if you've gone to the shops for just a few hours, check in to say hi and let them know you're thinking of them.
Kids will get a thrill out of staying in their jammies all day and seeing you in yours too.
They may style you in a sequinned dress with sneakers for a trip to the shops, but having the power to choose your outfit and unleash their creativity on you will have you both smiling.
Turn the TV off and put the phone away, connect as a family over the dinner table and share stories of your day.
Encourage their creativity and work together to make beautifully imaginative stories they can add to their bookshelf and treasure forever.
Nothing feels better than a snuggle in bed with mum and dad … every now and then.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed with daily stresses, but creating a relaxed, happy and stress free environment will have a positive effect on the whole family.
It may mean ice cream for breakfast, but placing kids in charge will make their day.
A listening ear, a warm embrace, and just being there when your kid feels blue.
It doesn't come naturally for some parents, but giving your kid your full attention as you get down on their level to play, can have a huge impact on their happiness and development.
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Bond over a shared new experience and create memories to last a lifetime.
Recognition goes a long way for adults and even longer for kids. Tell your kid they're doing a great job and you're proud of them.
It can be your dirty little secret. There's no harm in skipping a bath every now and then and the kids will love it.
Free, wholesome fun. What kid doesn't love a wheelbarrow ride?
Grab some popcorn, let them choose the movie, and nestle in for some together time.
Kids love to know what you were like when you were a kid. Take them for a trip down memory lane.
Breathe in the fresh air, soak up the sun and explore what nature has on offer.