The 5 Love Languages of Children
What are the 5 love languages of children and how can you show use them to strengthen your relationship with your kids? This is what you need to know.
It’s safe to say that all parents love their children. However, showing them our love can be a bit tricky.
If you are familiar with the book The Five Love Languages, then you may already be familiar with the different types of love languages. While these love languages apply to both spouses and children, it can be a little challenging to put them into practice.
The five love languages are Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, and Acts of Service. In this post, I’m going to show you how to apply all of these love languages to your kids.
Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of the book The 5 Love Languages, has a son who’s preferred love language is physical touch! So what does this love language look like when it’s coming from a child? You may find that your child is literally all in your space.
They always want to touch you or play with you. This is a sign that your child’s love language might be physical touch. Wrestling, snuggling on the couch, or even having them sit on your lap are all ways you can show your child physical touch if this is their love language.
Words of Affirmation
If your child loves conversation, lights up whenever they receive praise and listens intently when you speak, their love language might be words of affirmation.
With this love language, words are going to speak volumes to them, so look for ways to tell them that you love them! Leave little notes in their lunchbox and praise them whenever they’ve done something well. Don’t forget to tell them how proud of them you are too!
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard a child ask a parent to come look at ___. Quality time is a love language that is one of the most easily overlooked!
If your child is begging for your attention or is looking for any excuse to spend time with you, it might be because this is their preferred love language.
Receiving gifts might sound like a child who wants more stuff, but if this is their love language, it’s far from the truth. If your child’s love language is gifts, then they will pay special attention to the thought behind the gifts.
They will appreciate the wrapping and are likely to remember their gifts for years to come. If your child has trouble parting ways with items, it could mean that this is their love language.
Acts of Service
This one may be the most difficult to identify in children, but you may notice it in the actions they do for others. Does your child always try to help someone out?
Are they always asking you to do things for them, such as tie their shoes or help them with something? These are indicators that your child’s love language may be acts of service.
You don’t have to be an expert in the love languages to show your kids that you love them! By identifying what type of language your child is first, you can then better show your love to them by speaking their love language.