What Love Means To Children

Love is said to be one of the most difficult phenomenons to explain.  For centuries wise men, poets, and philosophers have tried to create a definition of this emotion, but not one has put together a definition that everyone can agree on. The whole concept of love is a difficult entity to explain–even for well-developed adults. But how about to children?

You may think that it is impossible for children and their young minds  to understand the emotion that is love, but studies have actually shown that innocent children are able to give better explanations of love than adults. See this blog post for example, Introduction to February’s Value: Love. As parents tried to discuss with and teach their children about love, they ended up learning from their kids instead.

Here are is an excerpt of a post on how children define love. I read this some time ago and found it to be really fun, so I thought it might be worth sharing:

What Does Love Mean?

1. 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, 8

2. “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.” – Billy, 4

3. “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” – Chrissy, 6

4. “Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” – Danny, 7

5. “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 Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss” – Emily, 8