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Love is All You Need – A Simple Philosophy for a Complicated World
Love is the greatest of all values, the most important of all emotions, and the guiding principle of my existence.
By looking for the love in everyone and everything, I am able to go about my time here with deep joy and profound peace.
More than anything else, I want to teach my daughter about love. Even if I accomplish nothing else as a parent, if she learns love, I will know I have done my job well.
And how do I teach her love?
By example, of course!
Every day, I tell her how much I love her. I tell her I love when she does something to make me proud, and I tell her I love her when she does something that might frustrate me. I tell her I love her when I wake her up in the morning, and I tell her I love her when I put her down at night.
I shower her with hugs and kisses, and I sing her silly little songs about my love for her. When I tickle her, that’s my love being playful. When I dance with her, that’s my love being vivacious. When I feed her and change her diaper, that’s my love being nurturing.
When it comes to the future, I’m often guilty of assuming what my daughter will be like when she grows older. I project my own desires onto her.
When I do this, though, I remind myself that I need to step back and let her blossom on her own terms.
As long as she does so with love, I know that I’ll have nothing to worry about.
How do you incorporate love into your parenting? What has your little one taught you about love?
Dave Higgs-Vis is a father, a husband, a blogger, and a chef. If you enjoyed this post, you can find more like it at Folkabout Baby, a parenting blog dedicated to helping you to become a better parent and raise happier children. He’s also on Twitter as @FolkaboutBaby.