On a normal weekday afternoon, I was playing with my daughter, Aubrey. We were probably putting a puzzle together, drawing castles, or playing dolls. Yeah, I’m willing to get down and play dolls with my daughters! While we were playing that afternoon, Aubrey taught me an important lesson.

In the middle of our time together, I caught myself thinking about how quickly she was growing up. Time flies by, and I was doing all that I could to soak up the moment that we were having together. I tell my girls that they are “Daddy’s little girl” and they will always be my little girl — even when they’re grown up. I often refer to them as “Daddy’s princess.” I want them to know that I will always treat them as my princess! The main thing I want them to know is that I love them. So our story continued like this.

“Aubrey, I love you. You know that? Never forget it.”

Aubrey looked back at me and said, “I might forget, Daddy.”

Caught off guard with that reply, I questioned her with “Huh?”

“I mean, I might forget you love me.”

“Well, I don’t want you to do that. I’ll always love you. What should I do so that you don’t forget?”

As if this was the only and obvious answer, she quickly replied, “You should remind me that you love me.”

Wanting to make sure we were on the same page, I asked, “How often?”

“Every day, Daddy.”

Wow. In my mind, there is no doubt that I love my family. I would do anything for my wife and children. However, my knowledge of this truth isn’t enough. I must regularly tell them and show them my love. Each one of my children are different, and they accept love in different ways. I must be sensitive to each one of them on a daily basis.

Each night when my children lay down, I don’t know everything that will be going through their growing minds. But one thing is for sure, I want to do everything in my power to assure them of my love for them. That I accept them just as they are. I don’t want their to be any doubts in their minds that dad loves them.

Through the years, I know that how I communicate my love for them will change. Now, I build Lego sets, have lightsaber fights, dress up dolls, and put together puzzles, but that is the life stage we are in. While many of those activities will change, one thing must stay constant — telling them, I love you!

My son will never be too big, and my daughters will never be too grown, for dad to tell them, “I love you!”

They might have a really bad day, get wrapped up in stress and problems from school, and need a simple reminder today — that you love them. Tell your kids today.