I don't know if you've seen the Adam Project movie, but the scene when the father tells his son(s) his love brought tears to my eyes, it is so poignant. 😍
I was blessed to have a father who often verbally said I love you to me and often provided hugs and kisses.
Unfortunately, I see in my practice that many people did not have the same experience. Even if they minimize the effects of the lack of demonstrativeness of love from their parents, sometimes giving rationalizations or excuses, I witness the damages in their sense of self-worth.
Fortunately, there is always the possibility to heal your wounded parts, reparenting yourself, comforting your inner child. And it is never too late to say I love you, whether it be to you, to your spouse, to your children, to your parents, to a friend, to a stranger.
To ease the process, you can say "in this moment I love you" and from one moment to another moment, moments will accumulate and you'll get more at ease with the expression, creating more opportunities for giving and receiving love.
Know you matter, know you are worthy of love,
With all my love and wellness wishes,
If you're a dad, how do you demonstrate your love to your child, in words and actions?