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How to Really Love a Child

How to Really Love a Child

Kaley is back today with a post that fits so nicely with our recent book club discussion on becoming a more mindful parent.  The sentiment behind this poem is such a great reminder of the parent I’m striving to be…


How do you love a child?  We read books on how to feed your child, how to discipline them, how to talk to them, and how to get them to sleep.  But doesn’t loving a child just come naturally?  Do we really need direction when it comes to loving our children?

We all love our children.  But how often do we stop what we are doing, take a break from our hectic lives, and really love our children?  Put down the iPhone, close the computer.  Relax and live in the moment.  Play with them. Giggle with them.  Really listen to what they have to say.  Hold their little hands.  Breathe in their sweet smell.  Simply enjoy spending time with them rather than rushing to the next thing on our to do list. Appreciate that this time is fleeting.  

How do you love your children?  Add on to this amazing poem poem by Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (SARK) in the comments below…




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Kaley is a photographer who spends her days starting lots of projects and finishing few of them. She lives in San Francisco with her awesomely creative daughter and her amazingly understanding husband.

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echis August 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

play “favorites” game [take turns asking "what's your favorite..."]


Anonymous August 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Say yes more often than no.


Anonymous August 1, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Do your best!


Carrie August 1, 2012 at 11:05 pm

This is so great–had to pin it! We do a lot of mommy or daddy date nights with each kid (1x a month if possible) and this one-on-one time has been really treasured by all of us.


Kaley August 2, 2012 at 1:14 am

Love these ideas! Keep them coming!


Anonymous August 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

We use our “Magic” to turn our red lights Green! It is Magical!!!


sweetmommytog August 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm

tickle each other. dance together. sing together.


Anonymous August 3, 2012 at 3:34 am

Eat dinner with no hands and have a “Topsy Turvy night” (dessert first then dinner). So much fun


iphone 4 case August 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

Love these ideas!


toni rosello May 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm

help them to build their own story


Steph (MPMK Founder) May 13, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Love that!


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