Today's post at Childswork is just how I feel.
Do I want to hear my daughter tell me she loves me? Absolutely. But I am simultaneously completely comfortable that she really for the most part does not.
What I'm not comfortable with is the process of teaching her a rote response to "I love you" as if it's something you just say anytime anyone says it to you...the way 'Hi' or 'Bye' are treated. It's different. It should be different.
Here's the post at Childswork, "Unconditional Love". Hopefully it'll make my wife cry. She likes when I make her cry.