The greatest gift you can give your child is love. Love is the bond between parent and child that can make all late and sleepless nights melt away. Love is the liquid that flows over a disobedient child and restores them to you. Love is an ache in your heart when you see your child struggle.
Your love, that genuine fond and tender attachment, needs to be given freely again and again. When you feel exhausted from a sleepless night, look at your child and say, I love you. Speak it out - let come from your lips to their ears. You want to give your child unconditional love and to do that you need to express it to them whether you feel they deserve it or not.
When they have yet again done exactly what they were told not to, after you have corrected their behaviour, tell them you love them because love keeps no records of wrongs. You don’t want to accuse them but love them. Tell them you love them – you don’t agree with the behaviour but you love them. They need the assurance that you are still their greatest supporter.
And when you see your child struggling to achieve tell them you love them. Tell them that they can do it that they will get it and that regardless of how they feel you are there for them. Your child’s self esteem needs to be nurtured by you. You are the parent, the most important person in that child’s life! If they can get the acceptance they need from their family they will grow in self worth and confidence. That’s love at work.
As a child is nurtured in a loving family they will feel hopeful, encouraged and confident even when the circumstances are not the greatest. Why? Because love never fails!