Isn’t this the question we all want to answer? What is the best way to love our children? I have found that Gary Smalley’s book, Five Love Languages of Children, to be a tremendous resource in raising children. The book speaks of how each of us receive love in different ways.
Sometimes, we affirm children with words, and they want to be hugged. We affirm with hugs, and they want to be served. Understanding that each child has a language in which they best respond to love, that is key! In my experience as a mom and teacher, I have found that it is best to meet children right where they are; then, they can grow to be the very best version of themselves.