It’s what you have with your child. You don’t see the disability you see your son or daughter. When I think of David, I first think of his beautiful blue eyes. I just see David and can feel that love for him straight away. Love is when you look past the disability; that is how it should be. As parents, we are constantly pushed to do physio, occupational, hydrotherapy, play therapy, speech and language …. The list is endless, but we are parents and that’s what we are meant to be to our children.

Let’s enjoy just being parents and not therapists.

Loving your child will help their mental well-being and make them physically healthier. It will increase your child’s brain development and memory. Warm and loving interactions between you and your child develop your child’s confidence, resilience and communication. Your child needs these skills later in life to work through problems, deal with stress and form healthy relationships with others in adolescence and adulthood.

Why do I think love is more important than money?

You work to provide for yourself and your family. Without love, there is little to inspire you to work harder or to have nicer things. There is also no one to whom you can leave the things you have worked hard for in life, and you can’t take them with you when you pass away.

What makes a child feel loved?

Spending time, showing interest in their day and what they do. Love tends to facilitate tolerance, empathy, and forgiveness in relationships, which contribute to the health and longevity of those relationships. It is one of the key strengths most associated with enhanced life satisfaction.

We are the luckiest parents in the world; we have that love in abundance every day. Even if you don’t feel it every day, you know it’s always there.