Editor's note: This article was originally published on LDS Parent's Toolshop. It has been modified and republished here with permission.

It seems like most parenting books and articles focus on parenting younger children. Why is that? Do we feel as a society once our children are teenagers there is not much we can do? How can we, as parents, help teenagers feel loved?

The other day, an article about 52 text message love bombs to send your husband flashed on my news feed and I thought, "That's it!"

Teenagers need text message love bombs from their parents because being a teenager is tough. (You remember, right?)

Expressing your love for your teenagers may be difficult at times - but they need your love and encouragement more than you realize. There may be days you adore them and others when you can't wait until they are out on their own. It can be a trying and challenging time for both of you.

No matter what they do, you want them to know how much they are loved and know their great value.

When you send a quick text message every day with expressions of love and encouragement, they will feel better about themselves and have a stronger connection to you.

You may be surprised by the happy feelings that come to your heart as you think of them and reach out in this quiet expression of love.

Give it a try and see if it helps your relationship grow during this challenging time for both of you.

  1. Thank you for being you

  2. You are important to me

  3. You matter to our family

  4. Thank you for apologizing

  5. You sure showed courage

  6. I enjoyed our conversation

  7. Loved talking to you this morning

  8. Glad you shared your struggle with me

  9. Praying for you

  10. Sending you virtual kisses

  11. Hugs coming your way

  12. You can do hard things

  13. Love you to the moon and back

  14. Hugs to infinity and beyond

  15. Laughing with you makes my day

  16. The thought of you brightens my day

  17. Thinking of you

  18. Wishing you a happy day

  19. You can handle anything

  20. I trust you

  21. Thank you for helping me

  22. Thanks for being a member of our family

  23. Love you always and forever, no matter what

  24. You have endless potential

  25. The thought of you makes me smile

  26. I am always here for you

  27. Angels are watching over you

  28. I believe in you

  29. Your smile lights up a room

  30. Believe in yourself

  31. You make a difference

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