Acceptance is one of the most challenging aspects of life, and it can be something that holds us back for years. We wonder why our child isn’t sleeping through the night. We ask ourselves why they cannot be “good” in public spaces without having a tantrum. We cry and stress and complain and worry when they don’t reach milestones, when we feel judged, and when our child doesn’t do what we want them to do.
We build up walls that do not allow us to fully accept the world and the people around us. And try as we might, our child will never be perfect – and neither will we. When you are able to accept yourself, you are able to accept your child and others just as they are. Sure, we all have moments of, “Why can’t they do this or be like that?” Learning about your child’s behavior and personality, letting go of your own fears, and finding root causes to issues will aid you on your quest toward acceptance and unconditional love.
The important thing to remember is that your child is exactly who they were meant to be. You may not agree with all of their decisions (especially as they continue to grow up!), but offering them unconditional love and support means the world. Learn more about acceptance here.
- Cabell FRN: Foster Care
- Cabell FRN: Early Care and Education
- Cabell FRN: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Resources
- Cabell FRN Quick Guide and Other Resources
- Zero to Three: Positive Parenting Approaches
- Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
- Center for Parent Information and Resources
- Psychology Today: Making Children Feel Loved and Accepted
- iMOM: Do You Accept Your Child for Who They Are?
- The Point Mag: Acceptance Parenting
- The Natural Child Project: The Power of the Language of Acceptance
- Parents: 11 Simple Ways to Show Your Child Your Love