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“Use your words, Monkey. Tell me what you want. Hand tugging does not work anymore,” I say for the umpteenth time.

My 3 year old obliges me. He tells me what snack he wants.

5 minutes later, I find myself repeating, “Use your words. USE your words.”

It struck me later that I need to take my own advice.

I need to use my words. I need to say things out loud.

Life is short, we know that. Days may seem long, but years are a blip in the Universe.

Children morph from tiny, helpless newborns to walking, climbing 1 year olds, who can say ball, and demand for a cuddle.

3 year olds who are going to speech therapy, will one day be giving a valedictorian speech (one can hope, yes?).

Two brothers playing

On a whim, I took the boys out for lunch after preschool pickup. They’re playing together nicely, and we had some pretty good food. I love child-friendly restaurants. #Win

Newlyweds who look at each other breathless, and think, “I can’t believe you’re mine, and we’re here,” will one day be married for 10 years, and barely have time to say hi and bye in the rush of daily life.

I tell my children I love them, every single day.

I don’t think I tell them enough though. I need to tell them what they mean to me. I need to tell them how every fibre of my being wants to hold on to all their littleness, their innocence, their adorable mispronounced words, and their physical need for them to be with their Mama. I want them to know, from my lips, my hopes and dreams for them, and how proud I am of them.

I don’t often tell my husband that I love him. He knows I do, of course he does. I hope he knows in my actions. In the way we sit quietly together, after the children are in bed, just being safe with each other. In the meals I make, especially for him. In the inside jokes we share. In the quiet handholding that happens at home, and when we walk, side by side. In the gazes I give him when he holds, laughs and plays with our boys.

I know they know.

It’s time they hear more of my words.

My words of love, of silliness, of joy, of let’s-just-be-together, of assurance, of encouragement.

Time to say it all out loud.

Do you use your words out loud?

Linking up with Greta and Sarah for #IPPP, as the photo was taken with my phone.


In other news, if you have plans for a 1st birthday party, check out my post at Everyday Family, where four moms share what they did for their baby’s first birthday!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 22, 2013 Kerstin

    What a lovely post, Alison!
    I do tell my family that I love them and that I’m proud of them every day – and it makes me very happy that my 11 yo and 15 yo still do the same with me and my husband. (my 11 yo son is also not too old to walk through town while holding my hand ;))
    (Also – there is no doubt in my mind that your son can be valedictorian one day. My god-son went to speech therapy and to a Montessori school after and he has turned into a real chatterbox – amazing.)
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Aw, he still lets you hold his hand? That’s so sweet!
      (and thank you)

  • May 22, 2013 Elaine A.

    I try to. I do tell Tim I love him a lot, maybe too much… ? And I try to say it to the kids every night and tell them how special they are.

    Today G had his a little performance for his gym class and he did so well and was so proud and I told him at least 3 times how great he did and I could just SEE him beaming. Yes, we need to use our words too, Alison. LOVE this. πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      That’s awesome, Elaine!!

  • May 22, 2013 Greta

    I know I need to say the words more, too, especially to my husband. I don’t have a problem saying it to my kids. I think it takes a lot of inner reflection to discover something like this.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      My husband usually says it to me first, so it’s fairly obvious that I definitely don’t use my words enough with him. πŸ™‚

  • May 22, 2013 sarah

    Can you say I love you too much? I don’t want to be a smother-er either :/
    And the way you described how you show your husband you love him made me smile a little smile. such tenderness πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Is there too much of love saying? I don’t know. I don’t feel that it’s enough. I know actions are supposed to speak louder than words, but sometimes, words need to be heard.

  • May 22, 2013 tracy
    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I love you too! xo

  • May 22, 2013 jaim

    it’s true. i find myself repeating over and over the same requests (commands, sometimes) to my children. i should be more creative and use different phrases, never say the same thing twice. i show them love, i tell them love, but i’m not sure i’m expressing my requests well enough, they always seem bored or confused.

    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Children are just stubborn sometimes πŸ™‚

  • May 22, 2013 Kathy Radigan

    Alison I loved this post. “Use your Words,” wow, I don’t know how many times I have said, and continue to say those words to my three children. But you bring up such a great point, how often do I use mine? Thanks for making me think!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad I did, Kathy πŸ™‚

  • Never underestimate the power of words, especially of the word ‘love’.
    This post is fantastic. And yes, I use words, sometimes the wrong ones, sometimes the right ones, but I tend to forget about it sometimes, because well.. you know… life…
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Life certainly gets in the way sometimes!

  • May 22, 2013 Michelle

    I also tell my kids I love them almost every day. But I do need to say it more to my husband! Thank you for this!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      You’re welcome, Michelle πŸ™‚
      (did you, tell your husband?)

  • May 22, 2013 Onica {MommyFactor}

    I do use my words but I feel these days their mostly for NO, STOP, PLEASE DON”T JUMP ON THAT. I need to find ways to use my positive and loving words more. Even while my son is driving me crazy. LOL
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Yes, exactly. I know sometimes it’s necessary, but the important thing for me is to say something positive first thing in the morning, and before they go to bed. Anything in between, can be either depending on how they behave. πŸ™‚

  • May 22, 2013 Tricia

    I don’t use my words out loud enough. And it’s odd but so often I talk to my husband through my blog. I’ve always been better with the written word than the spoken but I need to get better at using my words.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I am definitely better at the written word too. But he doesn’t read my blog πŸ˜‰

  • May 22, 2013 Blond Duck

    My husband is the one who taught me to say “I love you” every day!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Aw, he’s a keeper!

  • May 22, 2013 Kim

    Beautiful and encouraging words, Alison. We do get caught up in the busyness and forget to let our loved ones know they matter. When our girls were younger we had a routine at dinner. We would go around the table and share encouragement/compliments for each other. It was a great reminder to look for the good in each other, and also to remember to share it.

    One of my sisters had speech therapy when she was around 6 years old. While she was never valedictorian, she is now an amazing middle school math teacher whose only speech issue is talking too fast. πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I love that dinner time ritual, Kim!

  • May 22, 2013 Maureen

    Beautiful just beautiful, my friend!
    Although I tell my boy how much I love him & how proud I am of him daily which comes oh so naturally, it’s not that easy with my family. Weird huh? Maybe it’s because in my family despite being very tight knit like typical Asian family we don’t use a lot of words to say how much we love each other, we don’t hug too often too yet we know we love each others. I’m trying to change that too along with my boy. We are on a mission lol.
    Anyway, wonderful heartfelt post, Alison.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      It’s the same thing with my family. I don’t remember my parents telling me that they love me. That’s something I’m trying to change with my own family now. xo

  • May 22, 2013 Alexandra

    I hope that when I’m gone, and my children stop and think of me 50 years from now, that the words they hear as they see my face, are ones of only love and gratitude and pride in having been their mother.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      That’s a beautiful legacy to leave. I hope to leave the same one for my boys.

  • May 22, 2013 keely

    I struggle with this, too. But I think your (and my) mindfulness keeps us waaay ahead of the curve, you know? Also- kid-friendly restaurants are the BEST.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Yes, and yes!

  • May 22, 2013 Jennifer

    My mom told me one time that I do a great job of showing how much I love her, but not so great at telling her. All I could think was, “well isn’t showing enough?” But it’s not. Not really. I don’t know if I’ve improved, but I do know that I try harder to tell and not just show.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I never heard my parents say the words. I know they do, but hearing the words would have made a lot of difference.

  • May 22, 2013 Carolyn Y

    I agree with this completely. I’ve always tried to use my words, to explain why I might be getting mad or raising my voice, it helps the girls understand, but I don’t always succeed.
    I also try to always use my words to tell them how much I love them and are proud of them.
    Great post.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Carolyn.

  • May 22, 2013 Kim

    We say a lot of ‘I love yous’ out loud at our house, but you’ve got me thinking about the ways we show our love, as well. Those things we do to help, comfort and look out for one another – those things that say ‘love’ without words.

    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I think both actions and words are necessary. One without the other just doesn’t feel complete.

  • May 23, 2013 Julia\'s Math

    My husband makes it a point to tell me everyday he loves me… Which to be honest I take for granted until I don’t hear it! I believe in the power of words; and I believe that words can also break bones-not just sticks and stones.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Aw, that’s awesome, Julia.

  • May 23, 2013 Alexa (katbiggie)

    Congratulations on your post at Every Day Family! It’s amazing the power behind words. It’s also amazing how much we forget to use them. I have learned this year that my son’s love language is affirmation. All he needs is for me to pay attention to him and tell him how great he is doing, and he’s good to go. I think it’s my love language too!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      It’s so important, for kids to hear good things from us.
      (and thank you, but it’s just my weekly post for Everyday Family, not a big deal, heh)

  • May 23, 2013 Crystal

    I don’t think I use my words enough, Alison. I tell my children I love them and how much they mean to me. But when it comes to my husband, it’s a different story. We are like two passing ships sometimes. I need to do a better job. πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      It’s so easy to get that way, isn’t it? Especially with so much going on – work, kids, etc. We need to make time for each other. Even if it’s just a daily conversation asking about each other’s day.

  • May 23, 2013 Susi

    I wonder if I use my words enough. I do tell my children I love them and my husband as well. I also sit with them and we talk about other things… We have family time together every night at dinner and I cherish that time we spent as a family and talk about our days, our dreams, life…
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I think that’s all really awesome, Susi!

  • May 23, 2013 Janice

    Thank you for this post. I’m good at saying things out loud – except, the wrong things. I need to say positive things more to my family. Like you said, more I love yous and more words of joy and encouragement. After all, I’m their mother. They should hear those kinds of things MOST of all from me.

    P.S. I’m glad to see monkey boy’s showing improvement. slowly but surely. how lucky he is to have a patient momma like you!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Yes! Exactly! They need to hear those words from US, their mothers. If not anyone else, at least us.

  • May 23, 2013 RJ

    Always enjoy coming to your blog to see what you have written. I am trying to use my words more and in a more positive way so this post definitely resonated with me. Thanks!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I’m so glad, RJ!

  • May 23, 2013 another jennifer

    We say “i love you” a lot in our house. At some point, I remember having a conversation with my husband about always making a point to end our conversations (on the phone, at night, before we leave for work, etc.) with an I love you. We do the same with our kids. You just never know if something will happen and you’ll never get the chance again. This post reminds me to tell them exactly why I love them. Thanks. πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      As morbid as it sounds, I feel the same way. I would hate for any “last words” to be harsh or negative.

  • May 23, 2013 Leslie

    β€œUse your words”…a phrase used daily in our house. Little need with our 3 year old, but getting nowhere with the baby. I think that most parents wonder if they can say/show their love enough to their kids. I’m sure you do a fantastic job…and you will definitely have some beautiful writing to go back and show them when they’re older!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I try. Some days, the negative words outweigh the positive, with the kids (I try not to yell, but y’know, not perfect), so I try to keep in mind that they need to hear the good stuff too. I always try to end the day well, if nothing else.

  • May 23, 2013 Ilene

    I use my words but there is still so much room for improvement. The words are what connect us all. They should be handled with so much more care than I give them sometimes. Love this!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      They can make or break, can’t they?

  • May 23, 2013 Mamaintheburbs

    Thank you for reminding me to use my words! I don’t have a problem saying I love you a million times a day to my daughter, but to my husband, I need to do better. I also enjoyed reading how you find such comfort sitting together, etc. Lately I’ve been retreating to my bedroom after a long day while my husband watches TV downstairs. There are times I fall asleep before him so I think it’s important for me to say those words, whatever they are, before bedtime:)

    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      He’s always working, so our sitting together time is precious. Otherwise, we’ll never see each other πŸ™‚

  • May 23, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Awwww! Love this post.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Thank you!

  • May 23, 2013 Amy

    So true! The other day after I told my daughter I loved her, she asked if I also like her. And specifically, what do I like about her. By the time I finished rattling off a zillion things, I was so grateful I had the chance to tell her in such detail the many qualities I respect and admire about her. And it clearly meant something deeper to her too. Hooray for words. Great post.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Aw, that’s great, Amy!

  • Indeed! The phrase “They’re just words” never fits. I loved this post!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kristin!

  • May 23, 2013 Robin

    I’m not very good at this either. :/
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      There’s still time to get better at it. πŸ™‚

  • May 23, 2013 Stasha

    Great reminder. I am lost for words way too much. And don’t say enough of what matters. But I do say: eat your broccoli way too much…
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      That’s important too πŸ™‚

  • May 23, 2013 Katie E

    Love this, Alison. I can’t wait to hear words from my boy, but in the mean time, I do need to be sure I’m always saying my words out loud, especially to him. I frequently tell my girls and my husband I love them. And that’s a huge thing to me because while I grew up in a house where I felt very loved, we were never a family to say the words. And it meant it was really hard for me to say those words for the first time! So I’m glad we share our love openly in this household πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I’m glad for you, Katie!
      It was the same for me growing up, we didn’t hear words of love or affirmation much. I want it to be different for my boys.

  • May 23, 2013 Julia

    This is really beautiful. πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Julia.

  • May 23, 2013 Kate

    I really enjoyed this Alison. I’m struggling to get my 21 month old talking right now. He knows what we are saying and occasionally he may utter a word but he feels like he doesn’t need to yet.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      They all talk at their own pace, right? Mine is nearly 3 1/2 and attending weekly speech therapy. I’m so impatient for results!

  • May 23, 2013 Colleen

    Beautiful, Alison. I relate so much to this post. I try to tell them and show them everyday but I sometimes wonder if it’s enough. Then I realize that they cannot know the depths of this love unless they are inside of my heart walking around πŸ˜‰ But I will keep trying to show them and tell them every single day.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I love that image – being inside our hearts walking around πŸ™‚

  • May 23, 2013 Natalie

    I say this to Nolan all the time…”use your words” when he gets frustrated and starts whining or crying. But yes I need to make sure to tell the people I care about that I love them!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Yeah, they think whining is the fastest route to get what they want -but boy are they mistaken! πŸ™‚

  • May 24, 2013 Runnermom-jen

    While I agree that we need to say the words, I sometimes think actions speak louder than words. Those words can sound empty if you don’t have the actions to back them up. (just my humble opinion).
    Good job for taking the boys out for lunch!!!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I agree that actions are necessary too. But see, my actions towards my husband are clearly not enough, doesn’t stick as much, if I don’t back them up with my words. I think they’re mutually exclusive, words and action. Can’t do one without the other.

  • May 24, 2013 Larks (

    Awwww, beautiful sentiment, well expressed! I need to say “I love you” more too. And what adorable boys you have!
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • May 24, 2013 Roshni

    Beautifully said!
    I don’t think I ever tell my husband all that though! If I did, he would get out the thermometer! πŸ˜›
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Well, time to test it out I think. πŸ™‚

  • May 24, 2013 Lady Jennie

    How funny, I always say “use your words” but never thought about it in that context!

    But you’re right. I correct my children more than I encourage them and I need to use my words in the right way.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      It’s never too late πŸ™‚

  • May 24, 2013 Nina

    You make great points. I think, as a writer, that I’m good at using my words. But that’s on paper. I need to say more, too, to the people I love.

    The photo is fantastic. Gotta love the phone for THAT.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      I’m better at the written word too. This post is a reminder to myself!

      YES! I rarely use the phone for anything other than calls and occasional texts to my husband. I also don’t even use it that much to take pictures because it’s not great when I try to photograph the kids, who are constantly moving. This shot was unusually good!

  • May 24, 2013 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

    I know, I don’t use enough words, but I always hope that “they know”, “they can feel”… But instead of hoping I should just simply assure them by saying it out loud.
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      Actions can speak louder than words, but sometimes, our loved ones just want to hear it, you know?

      • May 24, 2013 Ewa "Mom Photographer"

        Sometimes I just think, it’s a cultural thing. Everybody here says “I love you” even to strangers. I am not a big fan of this way.
        Saying “I love you” to somebody means this somebody is special to me and to my heart. Hearing it from a person that I barely know makes me feel awkward.
        And I agree, actions speak louder than words but to some people we must talk more and assure them about our actions with words!
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  • May 24, 2013 Shefali

    Such true words Allison. I often wonder if I say it too often to my baby. It being “I love you”. Being Asian, those are not things you say a lot or often.. But your post makes sense..it IS time to say it out loud πŸ™‚
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    • May 24, 2013 Alison

      My family is a typical one – where affection was rarely shown, and I love uous, never bandied around at all. I want it to be different for my boys.

  • May 25, 2013 karen

    no idea, why I wasn’t following you anymore??? GRRRR, sorry about that. Yes I agree, my son had speech therapy and I think he will be a great orator one day. I can’t tell my son I love him enough, I say it all the time, show it all the time, even when he is angry with me. “I love you and want to keep you healthy that is why you can’t have cookies for breakfast.”
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    • May 26, 2013 Alison

      Yes, especially when they’re angry with us!
      Your son will be such a great young man, Karen.
      (thanks for refollowing!)

  • May 26, 2013 Katie

    This is one thing I know we do VERY well in our family. We are extremely open and so great at just randomly hugging and saying “I LOVE YOU!” Cort and I tell each other we appreciate each other daily. At dinner we talk about what makes us proud and happy about the day and then tell each other how proud we are to be a family together. It might sound overly mushy, but no one in this family ever lacks for love πŸ™‚
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    • May 26, 2013 Alison

      That is SO awesome!
      We really need to get better at this, especially with each other, my husband and I. He’s definitely better at it than I am. I am far better at the written word than saying them.

  • May 26, 2013 Adrienne

    I’m the opposite. I think I need to use my actions to better reflect my words. Lovely reminder to tell our children (no matter what language we use) that we love them.
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    • May 26, 2013 Alison

      We need both, and you’re right, as long as they know.

  • May 26, 2013 Kimberly

    This is a beautiful reminder to everyone to stop and really love the ones that share a piece of our hearts. Being through so many struggles, I’m more appreciative in all those little things. Every moment that I can be present, I take it and run.
    Love them hard. I know that you already do.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      I know you do too! xo

  • May 27, 2013 Jennice

    I do use my words alot with my mom and daughter. Every day I tell,them exactly what they mean to me. My mom responds with “Am I,dying and you re not telling me?” I laugh and tell her no. After her heart attack,in Dec ’12, I realized I,have to make sure she knows how much of a positive role she plays in my life and I have to let my daughter know she is the sunshine in my day…my EVERY day!

    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      That’s wonderful of you, Jennice!

  • May 27, 2013 Christine

    I know that I don’t say the words often enough. I make sure that my kids hear it but my husband doesn’t hear it enough. And with the kids, they need to know more of the why and hows too of why I love them and why I cherish them so so much.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      Fortunately for us, it’s not too late to start telling them!

  • May 27, 2013 Hope

    This is so true. I’m also constantly telly my 3 yo to use his words. I love how you relate it to us using our words to tell our children and spouse how we love them and what they mean to us. I’m always blessed by your posts. Thank you Alison.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      That’s so kind of you, Hope.

  • May 27, 2013 My Inner Chick

    Lovely post, dear.
    I am always saying “I Love You.”
    I tell my boys’ this every single day, too. Xxxx
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      You are the bestest with your words, Kim! xoxo

  • May 27, 2013 Mothering From Scratch

    {Kathy} Alison, your journey from the corporate world to the mommy world will pay HUGE dividends. I couldn’t help but notice the reference to speech therapy for your three year old. My son, who turns 18 next month, was hardly understandable (to everyone but me) at that age. Now, he is an eloquent speaker. You are doing good work, my dear. Using our words on a daily basis as moms shows our children we love them.
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    • May 27, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for the reassurance, Kathy!

  • May 29, 2013 Jessica

    Like I said before, words are powerful. And we need to use the good ones as much as we can.
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    • May 29, 2013 Alison

      I agree!

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