What Love Looks Like was inspired by a book called The Five Love Languages®. Dr Gary Chapman, a long-time relationship counsellor, authored this very popular book which basically discusses the five principal ways that people speak and understand emotional love.
My husband and I received The Five Love Languages® book as a wedding gift and found it very helpful in learning to effectively express our love in a way that the other receives. The concept is that we all express and feel love differently, and understanding these differences helps us build stronger relationships.
The same is true for children. Although most of us need all the love languages demonstrated towards us to some degree there is usually one or two of the five that speak love to us the loudest.
The Five Love Languages
Here is a brief description of the five love languages:
• Words of Affirmation: Expressing affection through spoken affection, praise, or appreciation.
• Acts of Service: Actions, rather than words, are used to show and receive love.
• Receiving Gifts: Gifts are symbolic of love and thoughtfulness.
• Quality Time: Expressing love with time: undivided attention.
• Physical Touch: Love and affection that is felt through physical touch.
What Love Looks Like – inspired by the The Five Love Languages
What Love Looks Like is a book that was inspired by Dr Gary Chapman’s Five Love Languages but is written specifically for children between the ages of 4 to 10. It’s designed to encourage discussion between children and caregivers as they look at what makes them feel loved the most and to help them recognise when others are speaking love in their own special way.
It’s my hope that through this book the readers will recognise and appreciate the many expressions of love shown to them and also consider how they may effectively demonstrate love to others.