You know you love your child. But how can you make sure your child knows it? So many parents wonder about their child’s love language. Since young children can’t yet verbalize their love language, determining the love language of a young child requires some educated guesswork. Explore the subject of love with your child for a week or so until you can discover what he or she perceives as love.
Discover your child’s love language:
1. Affirming words: words of affection and endearment, praise and encouragement.
2. Acts of service: services for your child that they see as valuable.
3. Quality time: focused, undivided attention, being together.
4. Gifts: giving and receiving of undeserved gifts.
5. Physical touch: hugs, cuddles, kisses and pats on the back.
It is important to note that for small children spending quality time with them is one of the best ways you can show them you love them. Quality time is a parent’s gift of presence to a child. It conveys this message: “You are important. I like being with you.” It makes the child feel that he is the most important person in the world to the parent. He feels truly loved because he has his parent all to himself.
You can take action and show your love by participating in their favorite activities, have uninterrupted one-on-one time, or even just be near as they play. Create special moments together and make eye contact as you engage in that quality time.
1 Cor. 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
During these two weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, show your love for your kids individually by cutting out hearts large enough to write something you love about them. Tape a new heart each day to their bedroom door or bathroom mirror, or set it at their seat at the breakfast table. A simple gesture like this will be sure to set the tone of love to their day.
Try making a fun Valentine’s Day dessert that the whole family will enjoy. Chocolate fondue is easy and will satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth! There’s an endless variety of treats to choose from to dip in chocolate. Celebrate your love while you indulge in the sweetness.
Any way you choose to show your love, remember to do it with the commandment to love one another as Jesus has loved you (John 15:12).