So far this week, we've had some excellent examples of how insightful kids can be with their words. Because they haven't yet picked up on "filtering" words, kids often just say what they are thinking, which can be both touching and humorous! I read the following quote, and found it especially touching, considering the age of the girl who spoke the words. She was 14, yet her words were:
"Despite all the loving and caring relationships in the world, there is nothing more loving than the feel of my mother's hand on my forehead when I am sick."
Now, at the age of 14, we are more likely to expect a teenager to be showing how independent they are, not how much they need the loving touch of a parent. But this is more representative of what teens need, even when they aren't showing you on the outside.
What does this quote teach us?
1. We are never too old to need comforted and supported when we are down and out-- whether through sickness or tough times. We all need to feel loved and nurtured no matter how old we are!
2. We all have an inner child that is "needy", and needs the loving touch and comforting of a parent or caregiver. The role of a parent is one of the most important roles given to us by God. Kids need their parents to be present and provide them love and to show they care.
3. Teenagers may show you they are independent, but what we show on the outside isn't necessarily what is really going on inside! They need you more than you might realize!
4. The love of a mother is like nothing else.
I still have a tiny part of me that wants my mom when I am sick! I doubt this ever goes away, no matter what our age. :)
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Joleen Watson, MS, NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.