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9 Ways Children Teach Us About Love

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while I’m not a hopeless romantic, I still appreciate an entire holiday dedicated to love. I know, I know, Valentine’s Day is really commercial, but any excuse to stop and soak up the love is good enough for me.

The most wonderful thing about parenthood is just how much love there is to go around. I love squeezing, nibbling and loving up on my kids every chance I’m able. And while my kids pretend to be intolerant of the obscene amount of affection I bestow upon their sweaty heads; I know deep down they love it.

I happen to believe that nothing, nothing compares to seeing your child express love. Kids are born with this beautiful and natural ability to love. They see beyond differences and lead with their whole hearts (which also prolly explains why they’re so dang emotional).

Let’s examine the ways children remind us how to love.


  • Handmade gifts made with love 1 of 9
    Handmade gifts made with love
    The best gifts are those that are made with heart. Next time we want to show someone just how precious they are, we should take a lesson from our kids and handcraft a keepsake. Whether we create a poem, a song, a thoughtful letter, or a scrapbook - these are the mementos to last a lifetime.
  • Children look beyond our differences 2 of 9
    Children look beyond our differences
    Children don't care about socioeconomics, ethnicities or politics. Kids just want to make connections and have fun! Not a bad idea if you ask me.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children show compassion 3 of 9
    Children show compassion
    When children see someone hurt or sad, they feel it - often deeply. Their natural caring nature is a wonderful reminder to stay human among the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children know the power of a smile 4 of 9
    Children know the power of a smile
    Ever smile at a stranger just because? Kids do it all the time proving that smiles are contagious. Lend a stranger a kind smile; we can all spread the happy!
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children give the best hugs 5 of 9
    Children give the best hugs
    You know how when you hug someone how there's this socially acceptable degree of strength and timing? Kids don't know about that stuff. They hug tight and hug long and as the huggie, it's the greatest feeling in the world. Next time you hug someone you really care about, take a cue from your kids and hug long.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children love all living things 6 of 9
    Children love all living things
    OK, scary bees and spiders might be the exception but children have a fascination and protective instinct toward living things. Take the time to appreciate the wonder of nature with your child; beauty is all around us.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children give with their whole heart 7 of 9
    Children give with their whole heart
    When children give, they give without expecting anything in return. They're not keeping score and neither should we.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children love to cheer us up 8 of 9
    Children love to cheer us up
    Bad days and sucky news will inevitably find us and when they do, our children are eager to our frowns upside down.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock
  • Children show unconditional love 9 of 9
    Children show unconditional love
    This teddy bear might not be the most expensive or newest stuffed friend, but he's certainly the most loved. Children love unconditionally and while their hearts may be small, big love is bursting inside.
    Photo credit: Shutterstock

What have your children taught you about love?

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