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Blog 20: How to unlock the five-love language with your kids to make them feel loved and appreciated daily!

The power of unlocking the Five Love Languages for your kids would mean uncovering their full potential as human beings.
Blog 20: How to unlock the five-love language with your kids to make them feel loved and appreciated daily!
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Parents would love to raise their children that are happy and well-adjusted, who feel loved and valued. However, each child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. This is where the concept of love languages comes in. By understanding your child's love language, you can communicate with them in a way that resonates deeply, leading to stronger relationships and a happier family dynamic. So, take the time to learn your child's love language and incorporate it into your daily interactions. The results will surprise you, and your child will feel loved in a way that genuinely speaks to them.

Why is this important

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Knowing your child's love language and communicating it to them daily is crucial because it allows you to build a solid and lasting relationship with your child. When you speak their love language, you show them that you understand and accept them for who they are, which can help them feel more loved, valued, and supported. Additionally, having this knowledge can prevent misunderstandings and conflicts between you and your child, allowing you to create a more harmonious and happy home environment. Ultimately, understanding your child's love language is one of the most powerful ways to foster a deep and meaningful connection with them that will positively impact them for years to come.

Five Love Languages and Examples of Them:

1. Words of Affirmation

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Showing words of affirmation as a love language to your kids who have this as their love language is crucial for their emotional well-being and development. Children who thrive on words of affirmation need frequent words of encouragement, praise, and acknowledgement to feel loved and valued. When parents provide positive feedback and encourage their child's efforts, it gives the child a sense of worth and validation. It helps them to develop self-confidence and positive self-esteem.

Using words of affirmation can also help build strong relationships between parents and their children. It helps create a safe, nurturing environment where positive emotions and thoughts can flourish. It creates an open and positive space where communication flows freely between parent and child, which can be incredibly valuable when dealing with challenging emotional or behavioural issues.

Parents who use words of affirmation as a love language can also encourage their children to use positive self-talk. This will help them to feel empowered and confident as they grow and develop. By affirming a child's abilities, talents and character, parents can help them build their self-esteem and develop resilience to handle challenges as they grow up.

Overall, words of affirmation are a powerful tool in display love to children and nurturing their emotional development.

By providing consistent and heartfelt affirmations, parents can build strong and trusting relationships with their children, helping them to feel loved, valued, and supported.

Examples of words of affirmation that parents can use to show love to their children can include things like:

  1. "I'm proud of you."
  2. "You did a fantastic job."
  3. "I believe in you."
  4. "I love you just the way you are."
  5. "Your hard work is paying off."
  6. "You make me so happy."
  7. "You're really good at that."

2.      Acts of Service

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As a language of love, Acts of Service involve performing any action that can help the other person feel loved, supported, and cared for. For kids whose primary love language is Acts of Service, doing things for them or with them shows them that they are valued and appreciated. It is important to show Acts of Service as a love language to your kids because:

a. It creates a sense of security: When kids feel that they are being taken care of and their needs are being met, it creates a sense of security that allows them to feel safe and loved.

b. It builds trust: When parents fulfil promises or take action to fulfil their children's needs, it reinforces trust in the relationship between parents and the children.

c. It helps in developing a sense of independence: As children see their parents’ doing things for them, they learn from the example and start doing things for themselves, which helps develop a sense of independence.

d. It provides an opportunity for bonding: Carrying out Acts of Service together creates an opportunity for bonding between parents and children.

Some amazing examples of showing Acts of Service as a love language to your kids are:

  1. Cooking their favourite meal
  2. Doing their laundry
  3. Helping with homework
  4. Taking them on a fun trip or outing
  5. Running errands for them
  6. Arranging their room
  7. Picking them up from school
  8. Helping them with a school project
  9. Taking care of their pets
  10. Spending quality time with them

Overall, Acts of Service are significant because they show children they are loved, valued, and appreciated. They help build a stronger bond between parents and children, foster independence and create a sense of security essential for healthy children's development.

3.  Receiving Gifts

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Receiving gifts as a love language is an important way for kids to feel loved and appreciated. This love language is all about receiving physical gifts, tokens of love, and thoughtful gestures that show that someone cares about them. For children who have this love language, receiving gifts can make them feel special, valued, and important.

Giving gifts can also help foster strong bonds and connections between parents and their children. By giving thoughtful gifts, parents can show their children that they see and understand them and that they appreciate their unique interests and passions. Parents can also use gifts to celebrate milestones, achievements, and special occasions like birthdays, holidays, and graduations.

Examples of showing love through gift-giving could include:

1. giving a special toy or piece of jewellery to commemorate a significant moment.

2. favourite book or game that shows your child that you understand what they are interested in.

3. Additionally, sometimes the gift itself is not as important as the special meaning behind it, such as a handmade card or a sentimental keepsake that can be treasured for years to come.

Overall, receiving gifts as a love language can be a powerful way for parents to show their children that they are loved, appreciated, and honoured for who they are. By understanding and embracing this love language, parents can help build strong relationships and lasting memories with their children.

4. Quality time

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Spending quality time with your children is crucial if quality time is their love language. This means they feel loved and appreciated when you have your undivided attention and feel valued when you make time for them. Quality time provides an opportunity for parents to connect with their children in a meaningful way and build stronger relationships with them. When parents engage in quality time activities with their children, they demonstrate their love and commitment, which can contribute to their child's emotional and psychological development.

There are several excellent examples of spending quality time with your children:

1. Plan a family game night where everyone puts their phones down and plays an entertaining board game.

2. You could also prepare dinner together and let the children help. This way, you get to bond while cooking together.

3. Walking together, bush walking.

4. Playing with toys.

5. Participating in outdoor activities like hiking or camping.

The main idea is to be present with your children and enjoy activities that they find meaningful and enjoyable.

In conclusion, spending quality time with your children is essential for building more robust, healthy relationships. It is a way to communicate love and affection while supporting your kids' emotional well-being. You can promote bonding and create unforgettable memories with your kids by engaging in quality time activities, such as game nights, cooking, or outdoor activities. So, if your child's love language is quality time, prioritise finding ways to spend this crucial time together.

5. Physical Touch

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Physical touch is one of the five love languages, a crucial way individuals feel loved and valued by others. When it comes to children, physical contact can offer various benefits that contribute to their overall sense of well-being and happiness.

One of the most important reasons to provide physical touch as a love language to your kids is that it can help strengthen the bond between parent and child. Regular physical contact, such as kisses, cuddles, and pats on the back, can help your child feel more connected to you and more secure in their attachment to you. When kids feel this sense of security, they are more likely to feel confident and resilient in the face of stress or challenges.

Physical touch can also profoundly impact a child's emotional state. Touch releases oxytocin, a hormone that can reduce stress and anxiety and promote calm and relaxation. When your child is overwhelmed or upset, a comforting touch can help soothe their nerves and comfort them.

Moreover, physical touch is an integral part of overall health and development. Studies have shown that regular physical contact between parents and children can help promote healthy growth and development, increase social skills, and even boost academic performance.

Examples of physical touch as a love language include:

  • Hugging your child when they come home from school.
  • Holding hands while walking through the park.
  • Snuggling up on the couch to watch a movie.

Small gestures like rubbing your child's back as they fall asleep or giving them a high-five after they accomplish something can also go a long way in strengthening the connection between you and your child.

Providing physical touch as a love language to your kids is a powerful way to show them, they are loved and valued. By prioritising physical contact and showing affection in this way, you can help your child feel secure, loved, and emotionally healthy.

Changes as the kids get older.

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As kids get older, their love language may shift or become more refined. Here are some potential changes:

1. Words of affirmation: As kids grow up, they may become more independent and self-assured, so they may not need as much encouragement or affirmation from others. However, they may still appreciate sincere compliments and positive feedback. They may also become more discerning about who they accept praise from and what they consider meaningful.

2. Quality time: Older kids may have more structured schedules and social life’s and crave less one-on-one time with their parents or caregivers. However, they may still value shared experiences and meaningful conversations. They may also seek more autonomy and freedom in their activities and interests but still appreciate support and interest from their loved ones.

3. Receiving gifts: As kids become more independent and financially aware, they may emphasise material possessions and gifts less. However, they may still enjoy thoughtful gestures and surprises if they reflect their evolving interests and tastes.

4.  Acts of service: Older kids may be more capable of taking care of themselves and their responsibilities, so they may not need as much help or support from others. However, they may appreciate practical assistance or favours that make their lives easier or more enjoyable (e.g., meal prep, driving them to activities, running errands). They may also appreciate acts of service that demonstrate thoughtfulness and care (e.g., doing their laundry, filling up their gas tank).

5. Physical touch: As kids become adolescents and young adults, they may become more selective about who they want to touch or be touched by. They may also become more aware of the cultural and social norms around physical touch and adjust their behaviour accordingly. However, they may still crave physical affection from close friends and family members, especially during stress or emotional upheaval. They may also express their love and appreciation through nonsexual physical gestures like hugs, pats on the back, or fist bumps.

Click on the below link to see what love language(s) would serve your kids; depending on their age, you could get them to do this themselves:

Kids Love Language Quiz
Want to find out your child’s love language style? This 5 love languages quiz for kids can help. This child love language quiz is designed to help you figure out your kid’s love language and style. Make sure to read all the questions carefully and select the most appropriate answers so that we can p…

Questions and Reflections:

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  1. What are the five love languages, and how do they apply to children?
  2. How can we identify our child's primary love language?
  3. What are some practical ways to show love and appreciation for a child whose primary love language is physical touch?
  4. How can we express love and appreciation for a child whose primary love language is words of affirmation?
  5. What are some ways to demonstrate love and appreciation for a child whose primary love language is receiving gifts?
  6. How can we make children whose primary love language is quality time feel loved and valued?
  7. How can we make children whose primary love language is acts of service feel loved and valued?
  8. How can we help children understand their own love language so they can communicate their needs to others?
  9. What are some challenges parents faces when trying to unlock their child's love language, and how can they overcome them?
  10. What are some long-term benefits of understanding and speaking a child's primary love language, both for the child and for the parent-child relationship?

Reflection: After reading this blog, you can see how speaking a child's primary love language is essential for making them feel loved and appreciated. This requires a deliberate effort to observe and understand our child's behaviours and preferences. It also requires us to be conscious of our own communication styles and preferences. As a parent, I will strive to identify my child's love language and speak it consistently, as this will lead to a stronger and more fulfilling relationship with my child.

Top Quotes

“The love language of one person is not necessarily the love language of another.”  Gary Chapman.
“Nothing works well if a child’s love needs are not met. Only the child who feels genuinely loved and cared for can do her best. You may truly love your child, but unless she feels it-unless you speak the love language that communicates to her your love-she will not feel loved. “Gary Chapman
“It is not attention that the child is seeking, but love. “Sigmund Freud
“If they brought it, it’s a gift. If they made it, it’s an act of service. I’m not dogmatic, but I think most of the ways of expressing love fit into one of these five.” Gary Chapman
“There are places in the heart you don’t’ even know exist until you love a child.” Anne Lamott
“Please hang in there and do what is best for your children, knowing that your love will make the differences between children who are well-adjusted and happy and those who are insecure, angry, inaccessible, and immature.” Gary Chapman.
“The soul is healed by being with children.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
“You may truly love your child, but unless you speak the love language that communicates to him your love- he will not feel loved. “Gary Chapman.


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In conclusion, knowing your child's love language and speaking it is an essential component of nurturing their emotional well-being and development. Whether it is words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, or physical touch, each language plays a vital role in how your child feels loved, valued, and supported. By incorporating these love languages into your daily interactions with your child, you can create a safe and nurturing space for them to thrive, build strong relationships, and help them develop into confident and resilient adults.

Unlocking the mystery of your child's love language is an awe-inspiring feat that can leave you both enlightened and empowered. By tapping into your child's unique language of love, you can open a whole new world of communication and understanding. It's like having a decoder ring for your child's heart.

So why not start today by showing your child in their love language just how much you love, appreciate and care for them?

Reference: The Five-Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman kids

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Mukti Santos

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