Every night when I put Carter to sleep we have to same routine. I turn on his goodnight music player, then we pick up his Moo Cow out of the crib and sit in the rocker for a minute or two and cuddle.
And every night I look down at him and I tell him “Mommy love you! Daddy, too!” Of course sometimes he is snuggled up on my shoulder, sometimes he is already half asleep and other times he is trying to escape so he can go play with the dog!
But, the other night he stared right back and me and smiled! And I pretended he was saying “I love you, too, Mommy!” And then I got to thinking, one day he will actually be able to say “I love you” to me! (at which point I teared up a little bit because I’m sappy like that)
The thing is, when a kid has the ability to say the words, does he really understand what they mean? And how do you teach your kid what love means? It’s such an abstract thought and how do you exactly describe a feeling to a preschooler anyways? I know he does love me, I am his mom after all! I guess these are things I don’t need to worry about right now, but it was going through my mind that night! How did you explain the concept of love to your kids?
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