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Children and Love

Updated on November 12, 2012

Children are like plants, they live and thrive solely on water, sunshine and the secret ingredient: love. Okay, maybe I’m not so inhumane, I know they need more than just water and sunshine to live on but they do thrive on love.

Children inundated with love really blossom; children with whom love is wanting don’t do half as good as their true potential would permit otherwise. While a little kindness goes a long way, hugs, smiles, time spent with a child, etc., go even further. It’s amazing to see the ripple effects of such seemingly easy gestures and the love returned is likewise almost indescribable.

There is a direct correlation between the love given to a child and his own well-being. It’s as if a child mirrors the attention, love and warmth that’s instilled by those around him by the success in his life (in most cases anyway.)

How many different ways do I need to put it? Children flourish with love.

Listen to them, get into their world. So what if they tell you things such as, “I can fly”? A little imagination never hurt anybody. On the contrary, it’s probably a good way to start thinking outside the box, if anything. Loosen up; don’t be so status-happy. I understand it took years to achieve adulthood but it’s safe to retrogress or come down from your pedestal every once in a while and play with Barbies or some such thing.

Read to them at night. It teaches them grammar, pronunciation, sentence structure, possibly even vocabulary. But putting all that aside, as if it was unimportant in itself, doing this is very much a pleasure moment for the child. Any of us who’ve fallen asleep to the soothing tones of either our mom or dad, will gladly attest.

Do things with them. It doesn’t have to be monetarily crippling. Parks and beaches are free and they provide hours of entertainment. And that’s only the beginning of what you could do as there are just as many things you could do with a child as there are different names you could give them.

But regardless of how you accomplish steeping a child’s life in the intangible thing that is love, it yet stands as an irrefutable fact that this ingredient is essential in a child’s life. Cookies, soda and cake may not be a wise diet for a child but a child on a healthy diet of love, can’t go wrong.


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      TylerCapp 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      @ Missi Darnell Glad you liked it. :) @ Immartin So true! The importance of love does not stop once you grow up. Good point. @Dvro6212 Nice way to bring in proven evidence and data with tangible facts. All you need is love. :)

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      Dvro6212 7 years ago from Australia

      So true! This was even proven in a maternal-separation and social isolation experiments on rhesus monkeys in the 1960s by Harry Harlow, a psychologist (unethically) studying the effects of maternal depravation on monkeys. You can also see the effects of a lack of love and affection in romanian orphans who were basically reared with little or no human contact and suffered with so many mental and physical disorders as a result.

      So yes I agree, all you need is love :)

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      No one ever died from an overdose of love. No one died from lack of it either, but can we say the actually lived? Thanks for reminding us of one of the basic needs of not just children, but all of us. Lynda

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      Salina Carl-Balentine 7 years ago

      agreed- well written =)

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      Mary Jo Olsen 7 years ago

      Great writing in this hub. And so important and true. Let's keep kids well and healthy as advised.

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      Missi Darnell 7 years ago from Southern California

      Wonderful hub. Wholeheartedly agree.