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How Do You Love Your Child? by Kathleen Rodriquez Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the month of heart-shaped candy boxes and Valentine cards. Husbands and wives scramble to buy that perfect

Kathleen Rodriquez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at WebbRauckhorst Counseling. She specializes in therapy with children and families.

gift to represent their love. Will it be jewelry, a special card, or dinner for two? Celebrating love on Valentine’s Day is sweet, but showing true love to your spouse requires more than just remembering the “love” day of the year. Consequently, marital love is the first concept children receive about love. The way a husband and wife act and communicate develops their child’s blueprint for a relationship. Children have a tendency to emulate parents because parents are their first role models. The consequence of your relationship with your spouse can determine how your children give and receive love. Kindness, forgiveness, selflessness, patience, and respect are just a few of the attributes that children can learn from their parents. However, children can also learn anger, cruelty, jealousy, disrespect, and selfishness. The impact of the

“Children have a tendency to emulate parents because parents are their first role models.”

husband-wife interaction can remain in a forgiveness for ourselves is one of the greatest acts of love. Forgiveness shows child’s memory for a lifetime. children that we as parents don’t always Good communication in a marriage is get it right, and don’t expect them to eivital. However, it’s not always easy be- ther. What an awesome impact and recause for many it does not come natural- sponsibility we have to teach love our ly. Proverbs 21:3 says, “He who guards children. his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.” I’m sure each of us can What if you and your spouse haven’t think of a time when words came out modeled the relationship you want for that was regretted immediately. Unfor- your children? It’s never too late to tunately, it seems children are always make the change within yourself and listening. James 3:5 says, “....the tongue your marriage that reflects who you are is a small part of the body, but it makes to the people you love. Becoming who great boasts. Consider what a great for- God intended you to be takes hope, comest is set on fire by a small spark.” Even mitment, and work. The value of this for the smallest statement can have devas- your children is priceless. tating effects. So this Valentine’s Day, love your chilWhat is the best choice to make when dren by investing in what really matwe fail to show that love to our spouse, ters: how you and your spouse love each children, or others? Simply ask forgive- other – and ultimately teach love to your ness. Forgiving our children or asking children.





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Kathleen Rodriquez, LCSW Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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