What's your Child's Love Language?

The Five Love Languages for Children

As adults, we understand the importance of communication and expressing love and affection towards our partners, friends, and family. But, have you ever thought about the way we show love to our children? Just like adults, children have their own unique love language and understanding it can greatly improve the parent-child relationship.

The Five Love Languages theory, first introduced by Dr. Gary Chapman, suggests that there are five main ways individuals prefer to receive love: physical touch, words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, and quality time. Understanding your child’s love language can help you better understand how they feel loved and valued, leading to a stronger bond and improved relationship.

love languages of children

It’s important to note that children can have a preference for multiple love languages and may also change their preferred love language as they grow and develop. For example, in the first plane of development (age 0-6), Physical Touch and Quality Time are naturally the most preferred languages. But as they grow older and their own personalities and preferences develop, children might start showing a preference for one of the other languages.  

The key is to pay attention to how your child responds to different forms of affection and love and adjust your behavior accordingly. By showing love in a way that speaks to your child’s unique preferences, you can help them feel valued, loved, and supported throughout their lives.

With peace and love, 

Karen Lay

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