All for Love
Have you ever told your child that you loved her, but felt that maybe she didn’t quite get it? It’s hard for them to understand what those words really mean….. Especially when you’ve just taken her away from her favorite BabyFirstTV show in order to get ready for bed.
Nonetheless, we keep trying – if not for their hearts then for our own. At times, we find ourselves stopping everything to stare into their little eyes, fingers in the dirt, wonder on their faces, and realize that they are truly our own creations. We have worked so hard for this little one and given so much that we feel the overwhelming urge to say, “I love you,” or we just might burst into tears!
Keep telling your child you love him – he may not fully comprehend it or feel it now, but he will understand it years from now and for the rest of his life.
I loved you enough… to ask where you were going, with whom, and what time you would be home.
I loved you enough… to insist that you save your money and buy a bike for yourself even though we could afford to buy one for you.
I loved you enough…to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.
I loved you enough…to make you take a Milky Way back to the drugstore (with a bite out of it) and tell the clerk, “I stole this yesterday and want to pay for it.”
I loved you enough…to stand over you for two hours while you cleaned your room, a job that would have taken me 15 minutes.
I loved you enough.. to let you see anger, disappointment and tears in my eyes. Children must learn that their parents aren’t perfect.
I loved you enough…to let you assume the responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so harsh they almost broke my heart.
But most of all, I loved you enough…to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.
Those were the most difficult battles of all. I’m glad I won them, because in the end you won, too.