He is, and always has been, a very physical kid. He needs physical contact for reassurance and to express his love. At 8, he still loves to slip his hand in mine at every opportunity. He prefers to lay across people, he gives hugs freely and constantly, and he loves LOVES to wrestle (especially with Daddy!) His version of wrestling is to throw himself on his Dad, and flail around until he is pinned against the ground. He is at his happiest when my husband is flipping him around in the air, dangling him upside down, or laying across him to pin him down. Half the time he ends up screeching in fear/nervousness, worried about the speed that he’s being flung around, but as soon as he’s set down he immediately runs back to throw himself on his Dad again, hooting with laughter and demanding, “Again! Do it again!”
I hadn’t really considered it before, but our kids have love languages, too. You hear all about love languages on making marriages work, but I’ve never before thought about applying it to the kids. My oldest is a quality time/words of affirmation kind of child. My boy is physical touch and receiving gifts. My littlest so far seems to be physical touch and quality time.
I’m interested to see how this affects our relationships as I try to apply this to my parenting.
Here’s the rest of the week- full stories are on instagram.