Thursday, February 14, 2008

Baby love

OK, parents, here's what I'm wondering: Does having your first child change the way you view love? Do you feel like you have a greater capacity for love/compassion/self-sacrifice since becoming a parent? Or is all that the stuff of myth?

Parent or not, I hope your day is filled with love.

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Photo by me, "artwork" by Rachel.


  1. You know, I'm not really sure. I've been a parent for so long, I don't recall. But I do know I've seen some parents who have more patience and compassion for other children now than before they became parents.

  2. Angela: I guess you just get used to the phase of life you're in, and sometimes it's almost hard to relate to the way you were before. It's neat that you've been able to see other parents be more understanding. I bet your longtime friends would be able to see ways you've grown too. :)

  3. This is a great question, Stephanie! I'd have to say that, no, the fact of having a baby didn't change the way I viewed loved or my capacity for it. I was as much a sinner after as before.

    However, I will say that, through the years, as I've had more children and the Lord has cared for me and worked to sanctify me, I do now have a more mature view of love than I did when I was younger.

    It had much more to do with the Lord's work in me and a growing understanding of how to apply the gospel to my marriage, my children, and other relationships that did it rather than the simple fact of having a baby. I must say that being a mama is giving me lots of practice!


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