My daughter (now 13 months old) , after all the love & attention we’ve been giving her, has now started to particularly enjoy giving a little back. Yesterday, after bathtime and triumphantly escaping our clutches to try to put a diaper on her, she began running all around the house, cracking up and completely nude. :) When I came over to her, she just ran up and gave me a kiss and a big hug, saying, “Da-deeeeeee!”
It’s enough cuteness to just melt your brain.
In closing the chapter in The Way to Happiness entitled Love and Help Children, L. Ron Hubbard said,
“What does have a workability is simply to try to be the child’s friend. It is certainly true that a child needs friends. Try to find out what a child’s problem really is and, without crushing their own solutions, try to help solve them. Observe them – and this applies even to babies. Listen to what children tell you about their lives. Let them help – if you don’t, they become overwhelmed with a sense of obligation which they then must repress.
“A child factually does not do well without love. Most children have an abundance of it to return.” — LRH
Awesome, actually, to start to see it being returned so early! 🙂