What Is Love Through The Eyes Of A Child

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Do you ever wonder how our kids, as young and innocent as they are, know what love is? While my daughter (especially my son) may not be able to tell me exactly how she defines love even if I ask her, I honestly think it’s when…

…my daughter hugs her younger brother, or holds his hands, and says “I’m here!” whenever he cries, even because of something she just did.

…my daughter says “I want you!” then sits on my lap when I’m in a rush to finish something.

…my daughter says “I want karga!” (I want you to carry me) when I have my hands full trying to do household chores.

…my daughter says “Labas na tayo!” (Let’s go outside) when she’d just woken up and would cry when I’d tell her I still need to sleep.

…my daughter cries hysterically when she’d find out that I’m trying to sneak in a nap while she’s awake and would make sure that I’d get up and wake up soon.

…my daughter says “I want you subo!” (Feed me) during meal time even if she can already eat on her own.

…my daughter says “Come hide with me!” when I’d try to relax after a long day at work or at home.

…my daughter kisses my “boo boo” and says “Feel better!” when she’d accidentally hurt me while we’re playing.

…my daughter tries to defend me from her little brother or my husband when I’d pretend that they’re hurting me.

…my daughter says “more kiss” and “more big hug” before I leave the house or whenever we’re about to end our FaceTime call.

…my daughter asks “Are you sad?” if she sees me with a serious face and would do everything to get me to smile.

And my favorite…

…my daughter says “I love you!” or “I miss you!”.

Kids really have a unique way of letting us know that they love us and we mean the world to them. And sometimes, they show love in the most frustrating way, especially when we’re trying to juggle a lot of things. I know I get frustrated sometimes, especially when I’ve had a long day and still have things piled up for me to do. Of course, they don’t realize how annoying it could be for us; but it really is just their way of telling us they want to spend time with us or they want our attention.

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So the next time my daughter (and my son will probably soon) does any of these, instead of rolling my eyes, I’ll tell myself that it’s just her way of expressing her love for me. Soon enough, she’ll be older and get annoyed by my presence. And when that time comes, she probably wouldn’t want to be near me; or even worse, hate being seen in public with me. So I’ll take a deep breath and enjoy every demand, because no matter how annoying it could sometimes get, these moments won’t last. They will be over before I know it. And despite all the frustrations and challenges, one thing remains to be true – my daughter loves me and that is all that matters.

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What did you think of this post? What’s the sweetest way your little one had shown you he/she loves you? What’s the most unique way your little one had shown you he/she loves you? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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  1. Kelly Bandas
    May 4, 2017 / 7:30 AM

    My little ones showed love by defending me when daddy would be on tickle patrol! It was so cute to see them come to my rescue 🙂

  2. Annette Dattilo
    May 4, 2017 / 9:42 AM

    Such a sweet post and perfect reminder. It really is hard to stop and embrace those interruptions when we have a ginormous to do list, but your so right. It is their way of affection. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Davi
    May 4, 2017 / 9:49 AM

    So sweet and a good perspective! Sometimes those moments are tough but this is such a positive way of looking at the needs of our children!

  4. Allison Lancaster
    May 4, 2017 / 10:40 AM

    So sweet! My little one is in the phase where he is getting to be more cuddly and loving, and it makes me feel so special!

  5. Meredith
    May 4, 2017 / 11:26 AM

    Awww I love this post! My daughter is showing the sweetest signs of love at 1–she’ll come over and hug me and it just melts my heart!!!!

  6. Ayanna
    May 4, 2017 / 12:13 PM

    Love this! This is so sweet and a great reminder for us to really listen to our kids. My girls love to hug me and touch our foreheads together. So the next time one of my girls asks me to play a game with her I’ll have to remember she not only wants to spend time with me, but she’s showing me love.

  7. Brown Sugar
    May 4, 2017 / 1:04 PM

    This is so sweet! My son is only 5 months but its crazy that I feel his love whenever he sees me. His face just lights up and it is the most amazing feeling!

    • May 5, 2017 / 2:32 PM

      Isn’t it amazing how their face lights up just like that whenever we’re around? That is pure love right there!

  8. Casey Thomas
    May 4, 2017 / 1:16 PM

    You’re absolutely right! This a great reminder, as I too get frustrated sometimes, when they are only wanting our love in return.

  9. Candy Kage
    May 4, 2017 / 1:18 PM

    Make those moments into memories. Can’t get that moment back so enjoy.

  10. Victoria
    May 4, 2017 / 1:24 PM

    Love this! So sweet. It’s amazing how they show affection even when they don’t know exactly how or aren’t able to speak.

  11. Corey Wheeland
    May 4, 2017 / 3:38 PM

    My daughter loves to curl up in my sweaters with me, and she’ll say sweet things like, “You’re my favorite.” Great post!

  12. Lindsey Ann
    May 4, 2017 / 4:50 PM

    This is such a sweet post.. through the eyes of babes <3

  13. kathy
    May 4, 2017 / 5:13 PM

    My granddaughter is 7 months old and afraid of most people. When I showed up at their house the other day Maggie started making excited sounds and leaned toward me like she wanted me to take her. Which I did. I felt loved:-)

  14. May 4, 2017 / 5:23 PM

    Shared on TheMogulMom Facebook page- facebook.com/themogulmom xo

  15. Elizabeth Colette
    May 4, 2017 / 6:15 PM

    I love the way my son smiles when he sees me, or reaches for me. It’s the best feeling in the world.

  16. Maggie Unzueta
    May 4, 2017 / 6:41 PM

    OH! So precious. I remember my son at that age. He’s 9 now….

  17. May 4, 2017 / 7:12 PM

    Time is so precious when they’re little, it’s hard to keep that in mind when they’re being especially frustrating though! lol

  18. Wife Sense
    May 4, 2017 / 8:06 PM

    Well, since my children are now grown adults with children of their own, it’s a bit different for me. It says love to me when they call and want to come over my house and just hang out.

  19. Amanda Maxwell
    May 4, 2017 / 8:58 PM

    I agree that the way these little humans show love is through the everyday needs and wishes they have- wouldn’t it be nice if we all showed love like that?!? Pure and honest.

  20. Andrea
    May 4, 2017 / 9:17 PM

    This is so touching! So cute as well. Thanks for sharing this, it was a great read. I don´t have any children yet but I do have to admit that when my niece or nephews say ¨I love you¨, my heart completely melts and makes all my sorrows go away. Amazing how this little ones can transform your life and give it new meaning!

    • May 5, 2017 / 2:34 PM

      That is so true! They’re so precious and every moment with is priceless!

  21. Skye Lea SN
    May 4, 2017 / 9:30 PM

    I feel like one of the greatest ‘milestones’ of my kids’ young lives is when they first said “I love you” without prompting.

  22. May 4, 2017 / 9:34 PM

    Aw, I love this! My son cant say it yet, but he has his ways of saying ‘I love you” and I’m gonna miss those snuggles one day

  23. Morgan Steph Schoenrock
    May 4, 2017 / 10:32 PM

    Love this. There are so many ways your children can show you they love you.

  24. Amanda Jonsson
    May 4, 2017 / 11:11 PM

    It’s true, our littles love us so much and show us their love by smothering us (I say as my 2 year old and 5 month old are sleeping on top of me lolol). But I know that these moments are precious and that I will miss them one day.

    • May 5, 2017 / 2:35 PM

      Awww! That is so sweet! My kids (1 and 2) would sit on my stomach together and act as if they’re riding a horse. Lol

  25. Chelsea
    May 5, 2017 / 11:15 AM

    I love this! My three year old is finally to the point where he realizes all of the feelings associated with “I love you”, and now he will come up to me at random intervals, give me a big kiss and tell me “I love you mommy.” Such a great feeling.

    • May 5, 2017 / 2:37 PM

      Awww! That is so sweet! It really is such a great feeling to feel that our little ones love us so dearly and purely.

  26. May 5, 2017 / 11:27 AM

    This is a sweet post and a good reminder to be aware of what our children are actually trying to say when they seem overly demanding.

  27. Kayla Nigro
    May 5, 2017 / 1:13 PM

    So sweet. It’s always good to look for the ways someone is showing you that they care besides flat out saying, “I love you”. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing ❤️

  28. Angela
    May 5, 2017 / 1:34 PM

    My Henley always tells me she loves me. My Jase is more affectionate and love to snuggle and I know that he’s showing love that way. And my Sadie has started to give me tons of kisses all day long and I know that she’s showing me love that way too.

  29. Melissa Wachman
    May 5, 2017 / 3:57 PM

    My son has actually started saying “I love you, mommy” and my heart melts every time. No matter how difficult the days are, or how tired I am, somehow those words make it all worthwhile.

  30. Elizabeth Brico
    May 5, 2017 / 8:21 PM

    This is a very sweet post and I can definitely relate. I mean even just a few minutes ago-I’ve been working to wean my toddler, and she came running over to me begging for “tete.” When I said no, she pulled at my shirt and tried to get to my breast anyway and it was really annoying and even kind of violating but you’re right, it’s actually just her way of telling me she wants to be closer to me because she loves me. Now she’s drinking milk and sitting next to me watching me type haha.

    • June 12, 2017 / 2:26 PM

      Awww! That is so true! They really do have the weirdest and sometimes violating way to show us they love us!

  31. Kari Chalene
    May 5, 2017 / 9:44 PM

    Oh Belle! This is such a beautiful post! You’re so right, these moments go fast and it’s so important to slow down and really consider what our little people are experiencing and telling us 🙂

  32. May 6, 2017 / 2:16 PM

    Kids really do know how to tell use things. My oldest walks up to me and gives me a big hug and says ” I just love you so much mommy”. No matter what I’m doing, I remind myself to stop and give her a big hug and kiss, and tell her I love her too.

  33. Camesha
    May 6, 2017 / 7:54 PM

    We really do have to remember to cherish all of thee moments. They grow way too fast and all these little things become memories.

  34. Rachel @ It's A Hero
    May 7, 2017 / 9:49 PM

    So sweet. They really do feel love in the most simple ways. <3

  35. Luz Tijerina
    May 8, 2017 / 6:09 PM

    It is unbelievable the many ways they can express their love even when they are not too vocal. I love this Belle, your little one seems so lovely.

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