100+ Ways To Show Kids You Care

Through daily interactions with kids and observing them interact with others, the staff at the Children’s Museum continually see ways in which adults can show kids that they care. We are confident these interactions help build the foundation for kids to succeed.

Complete List

  1. Make sure they know that they can be whatever they want when they grow up (even if it’s a pickle).
  2. Let them dress wacky.
  3. Tell them they look great dressed up wacky.
  4. Listen to their stories, even the long-winded ones.
  5. Ask for their help, even when you don’t need it.
  6. Play “boy” games with girls.
  7. Play “girl” games with boys.
  8. Keep your promises or ask for forgiveness when you can’t.
  9. Help them solve their own problems without solving it for them.
  10. Don’t let the TV or the video game console be your babysitter.
  11. Laugh at their jokes.
  12. Read stories together.
  13. Make up stories together.
  14. Respect their ideas.
  15. Let them use bakeware as musical instruments.
  16. Wear the jewelry they make for you.
  17. Display the art they create for you.
  18. Pretend to eat the food they cook for you.
  19. Talk to their imaginary friends and their real ones.
  20. Support their imaginations.
  21. Share information with them.
  22. Share your insights with them.
  23. Talk about their goals and dreams.
  24. If you witness child abuse, report it. See below for a list of additional resources that can help.
  25. Skip the baby talk.
  26. Acknowledge their excitement.
  27. Feed them healthy snacks.
  28. Play the games they want to play.
  29. Let them win when you’re playing a tough game.
  30. Believe in them, and tell them you do.
  31. Applaud their bravery.
  32. Follow behind them, but not too closely.
  33. Don’t hurry them.
  34. Let them fight their own battles.
  35. Let them celebrate their successes.
  36. Get messy with them.
  37. Have them help you fix things.
  38. Have them test things that you just fixed or things that need checking.
  39. Take time to explain scary things to them.
  40. Share new concepts with them.
  41. Make crafts together.
  42. Clean up together.
  43. Invent games together.
  44. Have sit-down dinners.
  45. Dance with them.
  46. Be loud!
  47. Be silly!
  48. Be crazy!
  49. Be experimental!
  50. Be present.
  51. Explain friendship to them. Make it important.
  52. Be a good friend to them.
  53. Learn the names of their friends.
  54. Teach them to make friends everywhere they go.
  55. Keep up to date with kids trends.
  56. Be honest with them.
  57. Treat them with kindness.
  58. Let them try things out on their own.
  59. Hug them.* (*if they’re your kids!)
  60. Smooch them.* (*if they’re your kids!)
  61. Take them seriously.
  62. Support their beliefs (for example: Santa Claus).
  63. Leave them special notes.
  64. Make a big deal out of small feats.
  65. When they tell you something new they have learned, be really impressed.
  66. Encourage them to get creative with costumes.
  67. Share what happened during both your days.
  68. Surprise them!
  69. Lift them up when they point at something.
  70. Play on the ground with them.
  71. Learn the names of their favourite fictional characters.
  72. Acknowledge their needs.
  73. Encourage them as they create impossible things.
  74. Teach them how to do things on their own.
  75. Be a good example.
  76. Don’t be afraid to be as silly as they are – climb stuff, walk funny like they would.
  77. Play in their forts with them.
  78. Truly listen to them.
  79. Encourage their creativity.
  80. Plan goofy outings and adventures with them.
  81. Embarrass yourself for their sake.
  82. Take the fall for them.
  83. Teach them that making a mistake is okay.
  84. Know when to be The Adult.
  85. Know when NOT to be The Adult.
  86. Share big responsibilities with them (i.e., walking the dog together, making dinner together).
  87. Let them establish some family rules.
  88. Trust them.
  89. Have them help you with important and unimportant things.
  90. Have them make decisions about important things (i.e., decorating, family outings).
  91. Give them the freedom to test their limits.
  92. Encourage physical activity.
  93. Encourage quiet time.
  94. Praise them and celebrate their efforts, even when the result isn’t up to your adult standards.
  95. Put something valuable in their care.
  96. Encourage them to read – ask and talk to them about the stories they’re reading.
  97. Plant and tend a garden with them.
  98. Take them out for lunch.
  99. Cook with them.
  100. Listen to their favourite music with them.
  101. When you fail, or something doesn’t go your way, share your feelings with them.
  102. Teach them secret handshakes.
  103. Let them get the haircut they want (even if it’s silly).
  104. Teach them card games.
  105. Help them make the Halloween costume of their dreams.
  106. Be consistent.
  107. Tell them what you like about them.
  108. Prepare for their future financially.
  109. Ask for their opinion.
  110. Admit when you don’t know something and then research it together.
  111. Keep reading stories to them, even when they know how to read on their own.
  112. Be honest about tough questions.
  113. Help them see the humour in situations – life is funny!
  114. Help them embrace how different we all are.
  115. Be honest and apologize when you are wrong.
  116. Say please and thank you to them.
  117. Involve them with you in your community.
  118. Learn from them.
  119. Believe them.
  120. Play ‘what if…?’
  121. Play in the rain with them. Jump in puddles!
  122. Ask them what they would do instead of doing it for them and then let them try it!
  123. Share your successes and failures with them.
  124. Hold hands.
  125. Laugh together.
  126. Say yes often.
  127. Stay with them when they’re frightened.
  128. Encourage them as they create ridiculous things.
  129. Remember that they’re learning all the time.
  130. Put sunscreen on them before they go out in the sun.
  131. Make their favourite meal for supper.
  132. Put up a tent and camp with them in the backyard.
  133. Help structure their summer days.
  134. Let them stay up late once in a while.

Support Resources

The following is a list of support resources in our community:

When a child’s life, health, or emotional well being is put at risk by something a person does or fails to do, that child is in need of protection under The Child and Family Services Act. When the action (or failure to act) causes a physical injury, could cause a permanent emotional disability, or involves sexual activity – that is abuse. You don’t have to know for sure if a child needs protection. If, in your honest judgment, you believe that a child may not be safe, either because of the child’s behaviour or someone else’s, you need to report it.

The Office of the Children’s Advocate was established in 1992. The duties of the Children’s Advocate included representing the rights, interests, and views of children receiving or entitled to receive services under The Child and Family Services Act or The Adoption Act.

On March 15, 2018, The Advocate for Children and Youth Act was proclaimed. The Child’s Advocate became known as the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY) and the powers of the office were expanded.

Under the new legislation, the MACY advocates, reviews, investigates, researches, and examines numerous child serving systems in Manitoba, including child welfare, adoption, disabilities, mental health, addictions, education, victim support, and youth justice. MACY does not represent individual children in court proceedings.

A child or any interested person on behalf of a child, including family, foster parents or agency staff, can ask MACY for assistance.

The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth
100-346 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0C3
Email: info@manitobaadvocate.ca
Website: The Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth
Phone: 204-988-7440
Fax: 204-988-7472
Toll-free: 1-800-263-7146 (within Manitoba only)

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to young people in English and French.

Little Warriors is a national charitable organization focused on the awareness, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse. They also advocate on behalf of and with child sexual abuse survivors.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-4-A-CHILD) is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Serving the United States, its territories, and Canada, the Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages. The Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children, and prevent child victimization through a number of programs, services, and resources for Canadian families, educators, child-serving organizations, law enforcement, and other parties.