Last night, before bed, my daughter (3) turned to me and said:
“Daddy – I really love you. You’re my favorite boy. And mommy is my favorite mommy of all, and Denali is my favorite brother of all and Claudi is my favorite sister of all.”
You know, I’ve put a concerted effort, in these last three plus years of being “Daddy”, to preserve my daughter’s self-determinism, to allow her to learn and grow, and in doing so have made nothing unclear in terms of communicating to her why it is that I love her so much.
But man, man it is just staggering to me how much love she has to give back. The girl just has SO MUCH LOVE.
The moral of my story, on an ongoing basis, is to never be too judicious in my administering of outright love for my kids. Because boy, boy oh boy does it come back.
The above quote is from the book, The Way to Happiness, a common-sense, non-religious moral code that L. Ron Hubbard authored to help arrest the moral decline in our society. It is the single most translated non-religious work in the world, and it’s excellent precept Love and Help Children has been a guiding compass for me as a parent.