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Showing LOVE within our families in February 2020 and beyond…

Wow, I cannot believe that we are already done with the first month of 2020! If this is a sign of the year to come, then my motto is “BE…

Wow, I cannot believe that we are already done with the first month of 2020! If this is a sign of the year to come, then my motto is “BE PRESENT”.

Be in the moment. Stop and look at the butterflies. Don’t just look at them, enjoy them! Enjoy the feeling of watching them, and just enjoy taking that moment to be in the moment.

Life is so crazy, and life with kid/kids is even crazier! I for one can honestly say that in a blink of an eye, my tiny 52cm brand new meatball has turned into a 90-something cm, information-seeking tornado, two-year-old! Sometimes I feel that I just can’t keep up. But, I do and time keeps ticking and my baby keeps growing.

February is the month of love, and so The Baby Steps Team has decided to make the theme for our February blogs, “LOVE within our families”.

It is so important to teach our “babies” what love is and even more important to show them, to make them aware of the feeling of love. Teaching them will help them develop values such as empathy and kindness, and will improve their relationship with the people around them.

“Love is a complex set of emotions, behaviours, and beliefs associated with strong feelings of affection, protectiveness, warmth, and respect for another person. Love can also be used to apply to non-human animals, to principles, and to religious beliefs.”

I have taken this extract from https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/love and I think it’s a wonderful “clear-ish”(lol) definition of a word that so many of us have not yet actually defined.

Let us (not only in February), show our children how much we love our partners, our parents, our siblings, our friends, our animals, and most importantly show them how much we love them. Let us be present in the moment when we teach them. Each day, for 30 minutes, let us put down our phones, our work and our stress, and just enjoy our time with our children.

  • When we see someone we love, hug them, and feel that hug.
  • If we are reading to our children, read that book as if we are living the story.
  • If we are singing, sing from our hearts and dance to the tune (even if the wheels on the bus are so worn down they need to be changed).
  • If we start a conversation, let’s do so with the time to listen and to engage.

Who knows, these small changes of being present for our children, may have a massive positive impact on us, our lives and our other relationships.

Love creates an emotional bond, so let’s work on creating the strongest bonds possible with the people we love. In the end, loving and feeling loved makes us happy, and who wouldn’t want to be happy.

A happy child is a peaceful home 😉

This week’s kiddo conversation starter is: “A human heart is not heart-shaped”.

Much Love

Daniella Diederiks

Planner, Seeker of happiness, Cat & Human mom (proud Baby Steps mom), Creative, OCD maybe

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