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7 Lessons in Love for my Future Children

Lessons on Love for Children

I got to thinking the other day. If all goes as planned (and hoped for!), this will likely be my last Valentine’s Day without children. When we planned our lavish and lovely Love Day getaway, we did so because my wife and I seriously need some time away to relax and just simply be together. Our work schedules are fully opposite, and the sadness and stress of the 2nd-trimester miscarriage of our twins have both of us in some dire need of a time-out.

My last childless Valentine’s Day (God willing!) also got me thinking about how much love I have to give my current and future family, and what I’d like to teach my children about love.

Tell me, what lessons have you taught your kids about love? What do you hope to teach them? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

“Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” ~Kahlil Gibran

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  • Love Doesn’t Hurt 1 of 7
    Love Doesn't Hurt
    Love doesn't hurt. While you will experience heartbreak throughout your life, true love doesn't hurt. People who genuinely love do not make you feel badly about who you are. They encourage your dreams and embrace your faults.
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  • It’s the Little Things 2 of 7
    It's the Little Things
    Show your love with small acts of kindness. Draw a picture for your uncle. Sing to your sister. Ask mommy how you can help. And it won't be long before you realize for yourself that it really is the little things that make all the difference.
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  • Always Say ‘I Love You’ 3 of 7
    Always Say 'I Love You'
    No matter how upset you are, or how big of a rush you are in, always remember to say "I love you." We live in an uncertain world, and you may never know when it might be the last time you get to say these words to someone you love. But one thing is for sure: One day, it will be the last time.
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  • Love is Truthful 4 of 7
    Love is Truthful
    Love based on lies is not love. Be true about who you are and what your values are, and never compromise your character for anyone.
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  • Love is Never Wrong 5 of 7
    Love is Never Wrong
    Some people may not understand the type of family you live in, and they may not accept that your mothers do truly love each other. But when love is real and true and good, it is never wrong.
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  • There are Many Kinds of Love 6 of 7
    There are Many Kinds of Love
    I love you. I love Mommy. I love our dog, Darla. I love your Mema and your Poppy. I love your cousins. I love our home. I love the birds. I love hiking. I love love. You see, there are many kinds of love in the world. Be good at them all.
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  • Love Fully 7 of 7
    Love Fully
    Loving is not a part-time job. When you love, do it with your whole heart.
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