Three Words that Mean the World to a Child

Parents might be quick to tell their children to do their chores, clean their rooms and do their homework. But how often do they just say three words? A local parenting author says telling them “I love you” can positively shape a child’s personality and even to their own children. Pat Hernandez has the story.


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Sheila Aron always heard her parents tell her that they loved her. It was something she thought every parent told their children. She discovered that as adults, it is often not easy to express love, especially if they missed hearing it
as a child. That discovery lead to her book I’m Glad I’m Me: Weaving the Thread of of Love From Generation to Generation.

“I wrote the book because of a tragic situation that I saw on the news and everything that could have possibly prevented this tragic crime, had this young person had someone there that she knew was supportive of her. I wrote this book hoping that it would help parents know the importance of saying I love you, being supportive, showing praise and showing unconditional love.”

Aron calls it a parenting book disguised as a children’s book. A collection of 18-simple, everyday conversation models, from happy, to sad and when discipline is in order.

“How do you tell a child that they need discipline but you don’t want to hurt their feelings, so it lets them know ‘I’m sorry if my words sound mean, but I still love you and I always will’. And so, this lets parents see how easy it is to not only say I love you, but to admit your own frailties.”

Aron’s advocacy for loving parent-child relationships has gotten the attention of various Houston agencies. Lidya Osachee is Chief Executive Officer of Escape Family Resource Center. She says the book helps to convey love no matter the situation:

“It doesn’t mean that parents give up the discipline. The language that we use is soft and protective of our children’s feelings early on, so when they grow up they convey the same kind of behavior to their own children.”

Janet Pozmantier is with Child Builders. Its mission is to promote the healthy social and emotional well-being of children and their families.

“So many of us grow up with parents that maybe never told us that they loved us. How important it is to hear those three little words, to reassure us that yes, our parents really do love us? And you cannot say it too much to
anybody not just a child, but to an adult.”

More information on Sheila Aron’s book I’m Glad I’m Me, can be found at

PH, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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