Love to me means my family and God. ~Hannah, age 7

Some days parenting does seem like a daunting task. Just ask any mom with a two year old. Especially with discipline it is so much easier to just let the child win. But we learn here that love doesn’t give up. A child needs to learn that you mean what you say. If you have said no to the check out lane candy, that means no.  There is no amount of whining or crying that will change your word. A gentle explanation and direction may help, but ultimately a child needs to know that you mean what you say. This teaches that you are dependable and trustworthy.

In reality, it makes a child insecure to know that they can consistently “win” over their parents. So this definition of love is a good encouragement on those hard days.