How does Lord Capulet express his parental love toward his daughter in Romeo and Juliet?

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This depends where a reader looks in the story.

In the first act, Lord Capulet is looking out for his daughter as he considers a question from a potential suitor, Paris. In this scenario, Lord Capulet gives answer to the question Paris proposes about marrying Juliet. First, Capulet states that Juliet is a little too young:

My child is yet a stranger in the world,
She hath not seen the change of fourteen years;
Let two more summers wither in their pride(10)
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.

Of course, this demonstrates his protective nature as a lvoing father. Next, he gives two others reasons. As his only child, Capulet longs for more time with her childhood. Further, he respects her enough to assume that when she decides to marry, it will be out of love. He encourages Paris to "woo her". This proves that his pure intention for his daughter's future is that she will love and be loved.

She is the hopeful lady of my earth.(15)
But woo her, gentle Paris, get her heart;
My will to her consent is but a part.

Later in the story, we see his love for her lash out. When she is unappreciative for the opportunity to marry Paris, he condemns her and turns on his previous demeanor. He forces her to marry Paris, or she will suffer and be kicked out of the house.

How, how, how, how, choplogic? What is this?
‘Proud’—and ‘I thank you’—and ‘I thank you not’—
And yet ‘not proud’? Mistress minion you,
Thank me no thankings, nor proud me no prouds,(155)
But fettle your fine joints 'gainst Thursday next
To go with Paris to Saint Peter's Church,
Or I will drag thee on a hurdle thither.
Out, you green-sickness carrion! Out, you baggage!

He expresses his love in Act IV when Juliet agrees to marry Paris by performing the duties of a housewife to get ready for the wedding.

By the end of the play, after Juliet's death, Lord Capulet finally allows Romeo's body to lie with Juliet's as a gesture of both peace with Montague and respect for his daughter's choice.