The Five Love Languages
Dr. Gary Chapman discovered that each person perceives love in one of 5 ways he called The Five Love Languages. Let's explore each one in order to learn how to love our family better. As you do the exercises, try to figure out which one you are and which one your children are. Usually, people have 1 primary love language and maybe 1 secondary love language.
1. Words of Affirmation
Think of something nice to say to each member of the family. Let each family member take a turn. Here are some ideas.
2. Physical Touch
Let's do a fun handshake together. Try this one, if you can't come up with one.
Let's play, Guess What's Inside. Ready? Imagine I am giving you a gift. Can you guess what is inside? (Use hand actions to act things out.)
4. Acts of Service
Let's play helping hands. What would happen if one of your hands decided to not help the other hand anymore? Let's put one hand behind the back. Could you...?
Let's work together with many hands to get these jobs done quickly and easily. Now, let's try to do it with 2 people, each one using only one hand! It's a little tricky, but we can get it done working together!
5. Quality Time
Think of something fun you can do together as a family, and go do it. Here are some ideas.
What is Jesus' new command for us? Read together John 13:34. Jesus showed God's love to people in the different love languages. Make a commitment to love each other in the way each one desires to be loved.
Check out Gary Chapman's book, The 5 Love Languages, for more information. Or Visit the 5 love languages website.