Family & Parenting

Out of the mouths of babes

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A group of researchers asked children aged 4 to 8 the same question: ‘What does love mean?’ The answers were far more profound and extensive than anyone could possibly imagine. And this broadens our understanding of love, and takes it beyond love-sex between a man and a woman.

so: ‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she could no longer bend over and paint her toenails. And my grandpa did this for her all the time even when his hands got arthritis. This is love.’: – 6 years old.

‘If someone loves you, they pronounce your name in a special way. And you know your name is safe when it’s in his mouth.’: – 4 years.

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give someone a majority of your fries without making them give you anything back.’: – 6 years

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’: – 4y.o.

‘Love is when my mom makes coffee for dad and takes a sip before giving him the cup to make sure it’s tasty.’: – 7.

‘Love is when you tell a boy that you like his shirt, and he wears it every day.’: – 7 years old.

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you leave it alone all day.’: – 4 years old.

‘When you love someone, your eyelashes fly up and down all the time, and stars fall from underneath them.’: – 7 years.

‘Love is when mom sees dad in the toilet and doesn’t think it’s disgusting.’: – 6 years.

‘If you don’t love me, you should never say ‘I love you’.’ But if you love, you have to say it constantly. And people forget.’: – 8 years.

Leo Bascaglia, the author of the study, once explained the meaning of this survey. The goal was to find the most caring child. So, the winner was a four-year-old toddler whose old neighbor recently lost his wife.

Seeing that the man was crying, the child came into his yard, climbed on his knees and just sat there. When his mother later asked what he said to his neighbor, the boy replied: ‘Nothing. I just helped him cry.’



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