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3 Responses to Who Enjoys My Company?

  1. Melissa  

    I appreciate your emphasis on what our children receive from us, rather than simply what we offer them. We’ve been in a bit of a rough patch too, as we recover from a big move and at the end of a tough day, it can be so easy to dwell on behavior, and on who did what in response to whom. A more productive question, it seems, would be what we each received from one another. Did my child receive unconditional love from me today? Thanks for the beautiful message.

  2. Jennifer  

    I agree with Melissa, I’ve never thought of it this before. Looking back to my own childhood I can the deep relevance. Thank you for introducing Alfie Kohn’s book to me as well!

  3. Lauren  

    I love this. That was one of the parts of Kohn’s book that stopped me in my tracks. We often believe as parents that we’re loving unconditionally, because we rationally think that we are, but having our children receive that impression from us is a whole different ball of wax.

    I like your game, too. I can see how the repetition can be grating, but I do get it and am glad our children feel comfortable asking us, time after time, if and how much we love them. It’s one of Mikko’s favorite things to do recently as well — asking me if we loved him when he was a baby, if we thought he was cute, what we thought when he was born, etc. Maybe it’s a big-sib transitional thing, hey?