A good dad should always strive to give his child everything. While everything might seem a lot to bestow on any one individual soul, let’s consider exactly what is meant by “everything”.

There’s Webster’s primary definition:

Everything – all that exists

And there’s the alternative meaning and Webster defines this more important tenor as the following:

Everything – all that is important.

Too many parents gloss over this distinction – feeling a sense of failure from not being able to give a child more. The reality though is that the greatest gifts that a child can receive cost you nothing. They’re the intangibles that we pass on to our children through relationship and love.

[quote_center]Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us free: our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country. All these priceless possessions are free.
~ Earl Nightingale[/quote_center]Regardless of the amount of money a man has, no gift will ever mean as much to a child as the constant and ongoing love a child receives from a parent.

It’s everything – it’s all that’s important.

father and son huggingNothing has a more profound effect on a child than the power of love. Love builds confidence in children. They feel validated and learn faith, honesty and integrity. Love builds confidence, erases self-doubt and fear – and the more you give, the stronger a child becomes.

It’s quite easy to get caught up in the game of material worth, trying to keep up with a neighbor or co-worker who seems to have the ability to purchase more “stuff” for their children. Fret not – these things mean little to your children and when your kids are one day old and looking back on life, they’ll remember the love you gave above all else. If you want to “one-up” everyone else, spend the most time with your kids – give unconditional love like nobody else does.

A parent that has given love has given everything. A child that has always been loved has been given everything.

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