Unconditional love: Going too far?

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Unconditional love for a child begins at home, and starts with the parents. Read on for advice on what unconditional love is and isn't to shape and raise your kids the right way and effectively.

Unconditional love

It’s important to know what ‘unconditional love’ is and isn’t

To understand more on what unconditional love is and isn’t, consider the below scenario.

Samantha’s mom found her six-year-old daughter sobbing her heart out in her room, burrowed under the covers on her bed. Thinking her daughter was either sick or that something bad had happened, Samantha’s mom scooped her up in her arms and asked what was wrong.

It took Samantha a few minutes to get herself together enough to confess that she’d disobeyed her mother by bringing her peanut butter and jelly sandwich into her room to eat it; dropping a glob of jelly on her comforter. She showed her mom the stain, which she’d smeared into the fabric in an effort to clean it up.

It’s a good thing Mom was on top of things in the parenting department that day, because she was able to make the most of a great opportunity to show what unconditional love looks like.

The first thing she did was to tell Samantha how much she loved her and what a good person she was. She assured her that she was more important to her than any comforter, sandwich or jar of jelly.

Once Samantha was safe and secure in believing she was loved, her mom went on to tell her that she would not be punished for staining the comforter or hiding in her room.

She was going to be punished for disobeying. The punishment wasn’t for eating in her room. It was for the act of disobedience. Samantha understood and life went on.

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