Most parents love their children, but many children do not feel loved. When children don’t feel loved, they do poorly in school, they don’t respond well to discipline, and they are filled with anger. I believe that inside every child is an emotional love tank. When the tank is full—that is, the child feels loved by parents—the child grows up emotionally healthy. But when the love tank is empty, the child will grow up with many internal struggles.
Loving children effectively requires parents to express love in a language that the child understands. In my research I discovered five basic love languages: physical touch, words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, and acts of service.