This book has been a good parenting resource for me lately. It's about showing children love in different ways: physical touch, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, and quality time. All children need all forms but the book suggests that children (and everyone) has one or two primary languages that speak most clearly to them. It gives guides for figuring out which is your child's primary love language and ideas for expressing it. This is what I've concluded about our family:
PHYSICAL TOUCH--This is definitely one of Kate's because when she gets mad she likes to scoop up Cannon before running off and hiding so she can have a little someone to love up. Even if she is really upset she will not turn you down if you tell her to "Come here so I can hold you."
WORDS OF AFFIRMATION-- I think this is Brynn's. She loves to dress up and put on dance shows. She flits around the room and says, "Pretend I won the prize for being the best dancer in the world" She just loves us to ooh and aah over all of her moves and say things like, "Wow, I wish I could dance as good as that girl with the pink tutu!!" Ditto for Adrie.
QUALITY TIME--This has to be Adrie's. She is constantly asking me to play barbies or do a puzzle with her or read this Disney bedtime version of Cinderella that is so long we might as well watch the movie.
GIFTS-- Kate loves to find some of her old treasures, put them in a fancy gift bag, throw a few suckers from the candy jar in there, maybe some stickers, write a note and deliver it to a lucky little recipient in the neighborhood. This must be her way of saying, if "Everyone must love to get gifts as much as I do... Mom, when can you buy me my own TV?"
ACTS OF SERVICE-- Brynn often makes requests, such as: Can you put batteries in my Pixel Chix car (which still won't work if I do because Adrie played with it in the bathtub.) Can you sew up my Webkins puppy (whose bean bag guts came out of the stitching in its stomach 2 days after she got it.) Brynn really appreciates when you do little things for her like help her make her bed or pick out a show-n-tell thing for preschool.
BD's love languages are physical touch and words of affirmation. I would say mine are: all of them--ha! I'm pretty high maintenance. You can take the poll and see which one or two love languages you think speak best to you.