Every year, teacher Erin Kurt asks her students what their mums do that makes them happy. Here are the top 10 answers.

“Year after year, in every country I taught, and in every type of demographic, the students were saying the same things and had the same message: It’s the small things that their mothers did that meant the most and that they remembered,” writes Kurt.

Publishing her findings in an article for Life Hack, Ms Kurt revealed the top ten things students remembered most about their mum.

10 things children love about their mums 

1) Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also, tell me stories about when you were little.

2) Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.

3) Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.

4) Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.

5) At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.

6) At night talk to me about anything; love, school, family etc.

7) Let me play outside a lot.

8) Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favourite TV show together.

9) Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.

10) Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag

I know my boys LOVE listening to stories of when I was little. While it makes me feel so old, it is cute to hear their responses to the stories.

What do your kids love you to do?

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  • I love this list.
    My kids are grown now but have told me that they loved that I was always here for them when they left the house in the mornings and I was here when they came home from school.


  • What a sweet little article. Beautiful memories for kids


  • I’m a big cuddler and note in the lunch box maker. Love all these things. Not sure my kids would agree with the discipline and nutritious food though.


  • Don’t know if my kids love to be disciplined ;)


  • absolutrly love spending time with my girl doing nothing but cuddling


  • Omg my daughter ask me to emerita notes and leave them in her lunch box all the time
    We pretty much do everything here


  • Every child wants TIME with their mother one on one. It can be done even in a large family, but mothers MUST put down their phones.


  • My son loves mummy cuddles while reading a story


  • I know a young boy who just wants to be with his Mum, not go to the movies or other places where he gets no one-on-one time


  • I love the idea of writing special messages – I will definitely remember this one when my daughter is old enough to read a little better.


  • The quality time alone without other siblings can be real tricky when you are a big family. When the kids were in primary school I would let them have a “Mum Day”, a day off alone with mum and we would do something special or even just hang out together- it is so worth it.


  • My son is 17 and he still loves pretty much most of these… even if we don’t tell anyone!!

    • That is so nice to hear that he still is like that at 17, I hope you know you have something really special there.


  • Was this list actually written by kids? I can’t imagine a kid would ask for discipline! But I think the other points about quality time together is something we can forget about when we get too caught up in the day to day

    • It’s believable, my now 13yo daughter says she likes it when I discipline her as she knows I care and want her to grow up into a respectful adult and only do it because I love her!


  • Nice list. Kids love it the most when you listen and give them undivided attention, hugs kisses and love talk.


  • Taking them to the park, letting them help me do everything, kissies and cuddles, family movie night, crazy dancing, cooking their favourite foods, letting them do craft, letting them cook — there is so much more! Fortunately we have healthy and happy children!!


  • My kids love when I play with them soccer in the backyard


  • So beautiful! My girls are growing up way too fast and I’m trying to remember to cuddle them properly still.


  • I think the one constant is listening and spending time with them no matter what age. So precious.


  • Great list – but there is one thing all children want – your undivided time to listen and play with them.


  • My son loved to shop with me and watch certain movies/musicals together. He’s nearly 17 and he still loves to do these things with me.


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