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Do parents love their children? Of course they do. The important question for all parents to consider is not if they love their children but how.
Most every parent I have worked with over the years has told me that their parenting choices are the result of their deep love for their child. However, some of those loving choices can have adverse effects later in life:
In thinking about your loving parenting choices, please ask yourself: “Am I helping to create independent, fulfilled, joyous, imaginative, content human beings who are capable of giving and receiving love themselves?”
Here’s the answer, simply put: love your children unconditionally. Make sure your children know that your love is not based on what they do or don’t do. Love them because their very existence is a gift to you and to the world.
Richard Cohen, M.A.