By: Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

I have always heard of people speaking of their different love languages and found it quite interesting, until I started to do some research and then found there was this book about the Five Love Languages of Children… wow, this book has opened my eye to my own children in such a big way.

Through reading it I have learnt more about my children and am able to see which love language they ‘speak’. This way I know exactly how to spend my time with them and know that I am fulfilling them in the way they need. For example, my daughter Bailey’s love language is definitely quality time. If I take 10 minutes out of my day to simply play a game of Uno, colour in or even just read her a story, the smile on her face lights up and I know that she is feeling loved and appreciated.

My son on the other hand, Benn’s love language is Physical Touch. He is happiest when sitting on my lap, playing a game of rough and tumble or simply holding his hand when watching some TV. I know this is his language as he comes to me all the time for touch.

What I learnt through this book is simply the saying, what’s good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. What works for one of my children, does not work for the other. Since I have discovered this and am able to speak their appropriate love language to them, we have a calmer household with children that are getting their ‘love tank’ filled daily.

I would recommend this book to parents.

Contributed by Shelby Parnell of Clamber Club Babies – Randpark Ridge
Tel: 072 148 4391