To my dear child,
When I learned that I was going to become a parent, I must admit that I was a little nervous. My nervousness eventually subsided, however, and gave way to joy and excitement.
I will never forget the day that you came into my life. You, my dear child, are the greatest gift that has ever been given to me.
Your children are your world, your everything. You may think that this is obvious to everyone around you, but have you ever asked your child what he or she thinks is the most important thing to you? Or, have you ever asked your child what is the most important to him or her?
You might be surprised by your child’s response.
This fun and interactive illustration game can give you better insight into your child’s perspective.
What You’ll Need:
- 4 Sheets of paper
- Writing implements, such as crayons or colored pencils
- Stopwatch or timer
“Can we get a pet? I promise I’ll take care of it! You won’t have to do anything. I’ll feed it, and walk it, and clean up after it. Please, mom! I really want a pet!”
Ah yes, the promises of a child who wants a pet. This is something that many parents can relate to. For some children, the idea of having a pet can be all-consuming. Sure, there are plenty of benefits and teaching opportunities to be had for families who have a pet. On the flip side, there is also a lot of added responsibility and work, depending on the type of pet.
Caring for a pet is often seen as excellent “practice” for raising a child. It’s not uncommon for a couple to adopt a pet together before becoming pregnant. The responsibility and lifestyle adjustments could be a good segue into raising a child.
For many people, their pets become members of the family, which can be a great thing – until a baby comes along. A new baby can be a big change for everyone. If your family already includes a pet, there are some things that you can do to help your “fur baby” adjust to the new baby you’ll be bringing home soon.
Elizabeth Stone wrote in her book, A Boy I Once Knew: “Making the decision to have a child – it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.”
This sums up the way many parents feel about their children, and the love that they feel is often described as incomparable to any other kind of love. New parents are often astounded by the amount of love that they are capable of having.
Expressing parental love comes in many different forms. Here are 10 typical ways that parents show love for their children every day: