It’s Our Little Children Who Love Us Unconditionally

June 20, 2022

Have you ever realized that it's our little children who can give us a genuinely unconditional love?

An old friend and I were having a conversation a few weeks ago about the challenges of parenting and how sometimes parents are expected to be faultless individuals. It’s a lofty expectation to the point that we become too hard on ourselves when we commit mistakes or even the slightest slipups.

Two little boys who love their parents unconditionally

It’s Our Little Children Who Love Us Unconditionally

I admit to being that kind of person, the one who’s too hard on himself. That’s not to say though that I rarely commit mistakes. As a matter of fact, I do make a lot of oversights. That being the case, I lose my cool easily and blame myself in the process. I guess it also stems from the way we were brought up. We were taught to take responsibility for our mistakes to the point that we embrace each fault to be our very own doing.

Anyway, one interesting aspect of our conversation led us to the concept of unconditional love. All of us were taught that it’s our parents who love us unconditionally or at least in the traditional Filipino household, we were raised thinking that “walang magulang na hindi kayang tiisin ang anak.” Roughly translated in English, it means “there is no parent who can’t forgive their child.”

While that may be true, I believe that it’s not totally unconditional. For a parent to forgive an erring child, certain conditions have to be met such as the promise to change for the better or not commit the same mistakes again.

In the context of the Filipino, parents may even disown a child who continues to defy the standards set by the parents. I’m not saying that as a bad thing though because I know parents, ultimately, would want their children to take the most honorable path, so to speak. But again, from the notion of being unconditional, that doesn’t qualify.

On the other hand, it’s our little kids who shower us with unconditional love. No matter how much we yell when things become a little too hard to contain, how much we inadvertently hurt them physically or emotionally, and how many times we unknowingly make them cry, they would come running to us and reward us with a genuine smile and a tight embrace. We are their world, no matter what we do to them. They will love us unconditionally and unquestionably despite our flaws and beyond our own demons.

However, do keep in mind though that it’s a different story if we hurt our children intentionally. They remember the trauma and would most likely grow up despising us.

In the end, just shower your children as much as you can and love yourself regardless of your own shortcomings.

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  1. I agree with you the loving your children unconditionally is something that every parent does. Even when they do wrong as well.

  2. Absolutely. I always tell my kids that I love them for who they are. My standards aren't high at all. I don't demand perfect grades or anything like that. I just want them to be...them.

  3. Children are such blessings! I love how sweet and genuine my little guy is and I hope he stays that way!

  4. Richelle Milar21 June 2022 at 05:14

    I really love this post, I absolutely agree with this loving our kids unconditionally is a wonderful thing.

  5. It is true, especially for young children. We're often times their world and even if we were taught very bad habits about parenting while growing up it's good to try to equip ourselves with the tools we need to do better and be better for them BECAUSE their love for us starts unconditionally. So, I do agree it's good to shower our children with as much love as we can and to love ourselves, but also to never stop striving to do better today than we did yesterday. For them!

  6. Monica Simpson21 June 2022 at 12:03

    It's so true. I carry a lot of mom guilt sometimes when I lose my cool with my kids but they always know I'm their safe place. Their love really is unconditional.

  7. Parenting is very difficult but at the same time, it gives a lot of satisfaction!

  8. Parenting can be difficult but it's also very fulfilling. I wouldn't change anything for the world. -LYNNDEE

  9. My kids have been my world since they were in my belly. I love them so much. But you are right, kids do love their parent unconditionally.

  10. Such a lovely post! I completely agree with you, kids love their parents unconditionally. I have seen cases wherein parents abused their kids, but those kids (now adults) are still taking care of them 🙂.

    Everything Enchanting 🙂

  11. So relatable of course. Being a parent for me has meant so much love for my family.