Children can teach us a thing or two about love.

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Love is in the air, birds are chirping, roses are blooming, and violins are playing. =)  As adults, we’ve come to expect a little something extra special on this day from our loved ones.  But I believe we should not have to wait for this one day to express our love, but we should do this 365 days a year!  Life is too short and too precious to wait on anything, so say your “I love yous” more often. =)

However, don’t get me wrong, I still do appreciate the overpriced flowers, chocolates, dinner and wine (sorry kids).   Often, as we become older and supposedly wiser, we often take for granted this thing called “love.”  Our lives become complicated, as we mix in other factors such as stress, jealousy, fatigue, insecurity, and other emotions into its definition.

Leave it to children to bring us back to Earth.  I promise you, just take a moment out of your busy schedule and observe your child in his or her everyday activity.  You will see love in its raw, pure, innocent, and true form.  See your child love everything, overlook differences, and love with their whole hearts.

 

 

Let’s see the few ways that children can teach us about love.  

  • Love is honest – Children are honest with their feelings and emotions.    Have you ever gone to a girl friend or your guy friend for relationship advice?  Have they ever told you, “he/she is just playing game?”  Well with children, there are NO GAMES.  If they love something, they will show it.  If they don’t, you will know it!  Jackson loves pasta but will not touch those little round things called peanuts.  There’s no ifs, ands, or maybes with kids.
  • Love is simple – Love is simple.  Children remind us that it’s the small things that matter.  Whether it’s reading them stories, playing games out in the front yard, or occasionally letting them sleep with you in bed… it’s the simple things that count.  Let’s not make things more complicated than it should be.  K-I-S-S! OR “Keep it simple, stupid.”
  • Love is selfish – Jackson’s favorite word is “MINE!”  Whether its a bouncy ball, his stuffed animals, his blankie, or most anything else, if you try to take it away, he will look at you with his cute little eyes and say, “mine.”  Of course when he gets older, he must learn to share, but this innocent, yet selfish mentality is just another example of how kids display their love.
  • Love is expressed – Have you hugged a child lately?  They give the BEST hugs!  Personal space?  Public display of affection?  Nope, children are not aware of any of those.  They will hug anywhere for as long and as tight as they want!
  •  Love is unconditional – Children love with their whole heart.  Mommy, Daddy, or even George… No matter what happens, even if they were just on “timeout,” kids still love you after all that’s been said or done.  They may not have a good memory, but one thing they will always remember, is how much they love you.  While their hearts may be small, their love inside is unconditional.

Happy Valentine’s from Jackson and Riley!  Thanks for teaching me a thing or two about love.

I hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with sweets, hugs, kisses, and lots of love!

xoxo,

auntie k

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