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Description of Parental Love

by Cynthia Measom, studioD

Parental love has many facets that evolve as you grow and change as a parent. Love starts from the moment you accept your role as your child's parent and expands from there. For example, to demonstrate love as a parent of an infant, your focus is on consistently meeting your child's physical needs as appropriate. However, simply going through the motions isn't enough. Instead, through nurturing guidance, and a deep emotional connection, a loving parent develops a bond with her child that lasts a lifetime.


When a child is born, you nurture him physically by feeding, bathing and changing him regularly. You also nurture him emotionally by treating him gently, picking him up when he cries and comforting him in a way that makes him feel safe and loved. As your child grows and becomes less dependent, you become less physically nurturing, but your emotional nurturing becomes stronger as you listen to his feelings and talk to him.

Giving Affection

When you give affection to your child, you demonstrate parental love through expressions of fondness and devotion. A kiss on the cheek, a hearty hug or a light pat on the back all show affection and allow your child to feel your love for her. Your willingness to spend time with your child doing activities she enjoys also demonstrate your affection, according to University of Maryland Extension.

Setting Limits Consistently

While viewed as unpleasant by some children, a parent who sets appropriate and consistent limits for her child demonstrates love. From redirecting a toddler in a precarious setting to placing time constraints on your teen's Internet activities, setting consistent limits shows you care about your child's well-being. It also speaks volumes about your commitment as a parent, according to Thesuccessfulparent.com.

Showing Respect

Part of being a parent is wanting your child to grow up to be a responsible, productive, kind and caring adult. A loving parent treats his child with respect -- in the way that he speaks to him and the way he treats him. A child who is treated respectfully has a better chance of becoming an adult who values respect and practices it, according to Thesuccessfulparent.com.

Showing Empathy

A loving parent shows her child empathy whenever possible. A child needs to attain a sense of empathy to fully develop his conscience. If you treat your child with understanding and concern, he will likely treat others the same way. For example, if your child is adamant about doing something a certain way, but you disagree, you should listen to his point of view and see whether you can compromise. Tell him you hear what he is saying, so he knows that you acknowledge his viewpoint. If not, explain to him, in a kind and caring manner, why his way will not work. This will help him develop a sense of empathy toward others.

Encouraging and Supporting

A parent's love is consistent. It never falters. From the baby who takes his first steps to the college graduate interviewing for a job, a loving parent always offers words of encouragement and offers any type of support she can provide to her child. Your belief in your child shows him how much you love him and it boost his self-esteem.

About the Author

Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

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