When you have a baby, there is unimaginable joy. It’s hard to understand how much a mom or dad loves their child. But, we have to be careful to not put conditions on that love as they grow older. There are hindrances that can pop up to giving your kids unconditional love.
Hindrances to Unconditional Love
There are four hindrances to giving your kids unconditional love that can completely derail your relationships:
- Unmet expectations – This might be in the form of your needs you feel like your child should meet or performance metrics that your child isn’t living up to.
- Fear of rejection or rebellion – Don’t let the fear of being pushed away keep you from loving your kids.
- Not knowing your children – Learn how each of your children best receives love. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a great resource for discovering your child’s preferences for receiving love.
- Your past relationship with your parents – It’s easy to follow in the footsteps of our parents’ parenting style. If you didn’t have a good relationship with your parents, you still have the opportunity to change your legacy.
Kids want the affirmation of their parents. If they don’t get that affirmation from you, they will look for it somewhere else. We all have a deep need to be loved and receive love. Ask the Lord where He wants you to change so you can better give unconditional love to your children.
References and Links
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- A Conversation about Love-Centered Parenting with Crystal Paine – ETB #54
- Living with a Rebellious Child – ETB #87
- Equipping You to Love Where You Are with Somer Colbert – ETB #113
- The Importance of Parenting Beyond the Rules (PBTR Part 1) – ETB #115
- Your Child is a Masterpiece (PBTR Part 2) – ETB #116
- When the Picture Get Blurry (PBTR Part 3) – ETB #117
- Foundation of Relationship (PBTR Part 4) – ETB #118
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