7 signs that your child loves you

It’s official. Emile does love me. Yes, I may already know this deep down, but it never hurts to be reminded when you’re an insecure a loving and concerned step-parent.

How do I know this? Yesterday, BabyCenter.com delivered the following list to my inbox:

1Your newborn stares into your eyes — he’s actually working hard to memorize your face. He doesn’t understand anything else about the world, but he knows you’re important.
2Your baby thinks about you even when you’re not around. Between 8 and 12 months old, he’ll start to scrunch his face and look around when you leave the room — and he’ll smile when you return.
3Your toddler throws wicked tantrums. Nope, those screaming fits don’t mean he’s stopped loving you. He wouldn’t be so hurt and angry if he didn’t trust you so deeply.
4Your toddler runs to you for comfort when he falls down or feels sad. Kids this age may not truly understand the meaning of “I love you,” but their actions speak louder than words.
5Your preschooler gives you a flower picked from the garden, a finger-painted heart, a sparkly rock, or another gift.
6Your preschooler wants your approval. He’ll start to be more cooperative around the house, and he’ll look for chances to impress. “Look at me!” will become a catchphrase.
7Your grade-schooler trusts you with secrets, like his first crush or his most embarrassing moment. You’re his confidante, even if he shies away from your hugs in public.

I can safely say that Emile regularly demonstrates numbers three through six. Tantrums when Mama Lucy doesn’t give him what he wants: check. Running to Mama Lucy for comfort: check. Gifting flowers and art projects to Mama Lucy: check. Constant requests for approval from Mama Lucy: check.

And for the record, Miss Giovanna has mastered numbers one and two. Thanks, BabyCenter.com, for the validation.

What about your kids? Which of the above-listed behaviors do they exhibit? 

P.S. Check out my new blog header and button. My hubby made them for me. Whaddya think?


  1. I know it's hard to deal with the tantrums…just remember they are like "lover's quarrels" as I read somewhere else. A pain but completely necessary.


  2. He's the group creative director at a digital ad agency. And he's very talented! Of course I am his biggest fan 🙂


  3. Yes, I've been a BabyCenter regular since I first found out I was pregnant. Such an amazing, informative site. And I've gotten tons of good advice from their message boards.


  4. Thanks! It's a picture of me in Jamaica when I was feeling very happy and thankful. My hubby treated it to make it look like a painting. Nothing better than artwork and flowers, huh? 🙂


  5. Yes, I am hubby's biggest fan!! Thanks for stoppin' by. I love this list because it encourages us to appreciate the little things…like flowers from our kiddies 🙂


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