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10 ways to show your children you love them

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Instead of seeing your children as objects or road blocks that get in the way of what you want and need to do, like the dishes, or making a phone call, see them as people. While in the middle of dishes, it is easy to feel like your 5 year old’s request to play Candy Land is a burden. But stop for a minute and look at things from your child’s perspective. She has hopes and dreams and fears just like you do. Our kids don’t understand what it is like to be a mom and/or wife, as well as all the other hats we wear. If you take a minute and look at things from their perspective, your heart will be softened and we will start to really SEE the little/or big person who is standing in front of us.

Give your children the real gift of love, give them more of you!
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Stephen Kent Ehat
Lindon, UT

Might I add an eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth?

11. Make sure they see positive acts and expressions of love by you toward your spouse, who often is the father or mother, step-father or step-mother, or adoptive parent of the child. As much as any other act or attitude you portray to the child, this one prepares the child for happiness in life and gives the child a role model for, in turn, showing respect and love for your spouse.

12. Make sure they see positive acts and expressions of love by you toward God, who is their heavenly Parent. Perhaps more than any other act or attitude you portray to the child, this one prepares the child for happiness and joy in life and gives the child a role model for, in turn, loving God and all His children.

13. Invite your child to not only see you do things in the above list but also to follow your example in practicing all of the traits and attributes mentioned in the list. When they see in their own lives that these traits and attributes develop in them love for others, they will realize how much you loved them.

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