I kept listening and applied the words to a different scenario, that of a child speaking to a parent. The words fit, except for the "baby" in the first verse. The second scenario allowed me to enjoy the song as a description of the impact of a parent's love in a child's life.
Parenting is key
Every day I treat patients who didn't get the love they needed as children, or at least not in the way they needed it as children. Some parents meant well, but didn't understand their children's needs. Some parents were too depressed or preoccupied with tragic events in their own lives to meet their children's needs properly. Some parents were so self-involved they believed their children should accommodate them. Some of these patients have children of their own now and are coming to terms with the fact that they have unintentionally injured their children's self-esteem and shaped their personalities in the negative ways they experienced as children. Painful stuff!
Conscious parenting helps you heal and gives your child a great start!
But this insight and the things they learn as we work together in therapy can help them turn things around in their lives and for their children. For patients who begin therapy before becoming parents, parenthood becomes a chance to further heal psychologically by loving their children in healthier ways than their parents were able to do. Developing empathy and understanding, warming up emotionally to another person: These are true gifts to your child, and to yourself.
Therapy can help you turn around your parenting values and style!
If you find yourself saying things to your child that you swore you would never say to your child, therapy can help you learn to control your impulses and understand the thoughts and behaviors you want to change, so that you can actually become the parent you want to be.