What Love Means To Young Children



Touching words from the mouths of babes. What does ‘Love’ mean to them?

 A group of Teachers posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds… What does ‘Love’ mean to you?’

 The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think…

  ‘When my Grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my Grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too.  That’s Love.  Rebecca- age 8                                                 

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ 

     Billy – age 4  

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’  Karl – age 5

 ‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries       butdon’t make them give you any of theirs. Chrissy6               

  Love is what makes you smile even when you’re tired.

Terri – age 4    

‘Love is when my Mummy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.’ Danny – age 7

 Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mummy and Daddy are like that.

    But they look gross when they kiss’ Emily – age 8  

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.’ Bobby – age 7 Wow!                                                                                                                                                                  
‘If you want to learn to Love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,  ( we need a few million more Nikka’s on this planet )

‘Nikka – age 6  

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, and then he wears it everyday.’Noelle – age 7

 ‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ Tommy – age 6

 ‘During my Piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling…

 He was the only one doing that.  

 I wasn’t scared anymore.’Cindy aged 8 years        

 ‘My Mummy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mummy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’   Elaine-age 5

 ‘Love is when Mummy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is

 handsomer than Robert Redford     Chris – age 7  

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day’

Mary Ann – age 4

 I know my older sister Loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ Lauren – age 4

 ‘When you Love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down       

 and little stars come out of you Karen – age 7                 

Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross.’
Mark – age 6           ( Children’s Potty Talk. )       

 ‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I Love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ Jessica – age 8

 A Very  Caring Child…
And the final one — An Author and Lecturer  once shared about  a true story  he had heard concerning a very young boy with a caring heart.
The Child was a four year old boy  and the next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the young boy  went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

  When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the child said,’Nothing, I just helped him cry.’ 


  Childhood is a very special time in our lives a time of discovery and Joy and yet their needs to be a time to let go of Childish ways, thoughts, humor and ideas and a time of  embracing or accepting who we are as Adults, focusing and seeking for the true values and those things that define us as people of worth with an Inheritance and a purpose. No longer confused but able to participate in the Devine calling with passion and Joy offering God’s Hope in Love.    

Yes we are to be Childlike, often Children have perceptions that sometimes Adults can lack, but we are not to be Childish, we are to be like Children  in our Innocence and  Dependence on the Lord, seeking Him with Trust and Thankfulness, not trying to be in control but allowing Him to Guide and Teach us and being Honest and Open with Him and others.

How wonderful when we listen to the Lord and believe that no matter what happens He will cause all things to work together for Good because we Love Him and this is shown by our obedience to His will and because of this He has Chosen us to bear much fruit so we will  mature spiritually and be perfected in Love.

1 Corinthians 13:11When we were Children we talked in a Childish way, we had Childish thoughts and we reasoned like a Child but when we matured we no longer held onto Childish ways, we put them behind us.


3 responses to “What Love Means To Young Children

  1. Pingback: What does love mean to you?. | Essence of Marriage Magazine

  2. Thank you Shenine, I also enjoy the innocence and simplicity of Childhood logic and have for many years been a R.E teacher but have most of my life I have also worked with Children in one way or other my own babies are in Heaven.

    Shenine I did visit your other Blog but could not access a lot of your Posts it was saying page not found but the rest is so beautiful thank you for sharing it with me.

    Christian Love Anne.

  3. Oh how beautiful. The simple things that can easily pass us by. I love the little one sitting in the man’s lap. The thoughtfulness that just mere silence can bring comfort more than words.

    I enjoyed this alot.
    A Woman After God’s Own Heart ♥

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