I don’t remember exactly when we started it, but I as I drove my children to school each day we would pray and then I would tell them, “I love you more than you can imagine!”
As my daughter started middle school I would roll my window down and sing to her, “You’re beautiful, you’re beautiful!”
She would always turn and say, “Mom!” But she loved it. Her friends loved it too and would react if I didn’t do it. The reason I did it was because she needed it. Her way of feeling loved was through words of affirmation.