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Parents need to learn the language of unconditional love

Learning a child's unspoken affections is an important guide for parental love.
The way children express their love to parents and other family members is often an indication of how they would like to receive it, according to a parenting expert.

Author Sue Atkins claims that learning to recognise how your child communicates affection from an early age is key to ensuring healthy emotional development as they grow.

"Children need to know that they are loved for being themselves - known as unconditional love. This helps them to develop self-esteem and self-confidence and allows them to grow into responsible, well-balanced and happy adults, free from resentment, guilt, fear and insecurity," she explained.

Ms Atkins added that each child has an "emotional tank" from which they draw their strength through childhood and that needs re-fuelled to help them cope with the challenges of growing up.

Physical touch, such as hugs and kisses, words of affirmation, quality time and attention are all ways in which parents can make their toddler or baby feel loved on a daily basis.

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