Love is by far the strongest emotion in the world and it is something that can mean a variety of things to a variety of people. Teaching love to children isn’t an easy task. Love can be felt on all different levels and at various degrees. Children may become overwhelmed when they feel unfamiliar feelings of love and they may not know how to handle these feelings if they have not talked about it or encountered them before.
Children can also become confused by the way adults use the word love. Adults sometimes throw the word love around without any major importance attached to it. Such as when they express their love for coffee in the morning or how they “love” their hairdresser. It is important that kids know that the true meaning of the word love is a powerful one.
Teaching love to kids can be shown through affection and understood through direct communication. There are some specific ways that you can teach your child about love so that they feel at ease when they begin to experience these feelings.
Be the Best Example of Love
Kids can learn about love by receiving healthy portrayals of love from loved ones. If parents and guardians constantly give their child hugs, say ‘I love you’ and perform actions of love such as spending quality time together, a child will learn the gentle kindness of love. Teaching love to kids is best done by example and parents are the front runners for this type of lesson. From my own experience with my kids, when I express love, I usually receive it back at some point through kind gestures, crafts, cards and hugs.
Talk to Them About Love
If your child asks you about love, try your best to explain it to them. Give them some current examples to learn from such as how much they love Daddy, their new pet Fluffy or their fuzzy teddy bear. Ask them what they feel when they see Daddy, Fluffy or their teddy bear. Ask them what they want to do when they see them. Most children say they feel happy and they want to hug their teddy bear, Daddy or pet. Tell them that those feelings are a form of love.
Teach Them About the Languages of Love
Love can be expressed in all kinds of languages, from physical touch to arts and crafts. Teach your children about the various ways you can show love such as a thoughtful note, a hug, a kind gesture and words of affirmation and positivity.
The more a child understands feelings of love at a younger age, the more they will be able to absorb positive love as they grow older. They will come to understand that love is something precious and that it is only given to important people in life that also give and express love in return.