The power of unconditional love

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The power of unconditional love

I wish that every child could grow up with unconditional love. What unconditional love implies is that you are really accepting your child for who they are. Not every child could be great in sports. Not every child can be a great student, and even some children are going to disappoint us. What unconditional love means, is that this is my child and I'm going to accept them. It doesn't mean I'm going to get away with things. Given that, we are all human as parents. That doesn't mean at times, we won't be disappointed. It doesn't mean we won't be angry. Hopefully, those negative emotions are much less and they don't interfere with the relationship. Anyone that has grown up with conditional love, which means, my parents only love me if I get good grades. My parents only love me if I'm a social butterfly, they grow up with so much anxiety because they know they must be performing in order to win that parents' love. A person who grow up under conditional love, truly feels; my parents are there for me regardless of what I do or who I am or what skills I have. They are there to teach me, and they are there accepting me.

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Robert Brooks, PhD

Therapist & Author

Dr. Robert Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.  He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives. He is the author or co-author of 15 books and has also appeared in several videos pertaining to helping children to become more responsible, self-disciplined, hopeful, and resilient.

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