What love means to 4-8 year old children:

Friends send e-mails and I feel it’s good to share them, if they are worthy. You may have seen this before, but if you haven’t, slow down for three minutes to read this, it is worth it.        Touching words from the mouths of babes..

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds ,

‘What does love mean?’
The answers they got were broader, deeper,
and more profound than anyone could have ever 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
without making them give you any of theirs.’

Chrissy – age 6

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

Terri –
age 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 – 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 Mommy and Daddy are like that.
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 just listen.’

Bobby – age 7

‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate. ‘

Nikka – age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka’s on
this planet)

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.’

– 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 – age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’

Clare – age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’

Elaine-age 5

‘Love is when Mommy 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.’ (what an image)

Karen – age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think
it’s gross..’

Mark – age 6

‘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

And the final one:

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an
elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry , the
little 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 little boy said ,                      ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’

37 thoughts on “What love means to 4-8 year old children:

  1. preciouspen1955

    This is so touching , children are so wonderful bless them , so much to learn from all these ideas on love , really loved this . It also really demonstrates how observant children are of the people around them , loved them all , the one that mentioned little stars coming out of the eyes , how explanatory is that of the happiness that child must see every day in the people around her , and the little boy helping the man to cry , we as adults find it so difficult at times to just sit with recently bereaved people without worrying about what to say.

    Oh to have the simple wisdom of a child instead of all the rubbish that runs through our adult brains at times. We seem to spend the greater part of our lives learning how to be only to find out in the latter part that we need to undo a lot of what we have learned and just be ourselves again replacing a lot of our conditioning with the simple authentic self that was already there when we were children.

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  2. Outlier Babe

    Thank you, Barbara. Too few people have the love in their lives these children are alert to, because as we grow we put up barriers against it and develop goals contrary to achieving it.

    This was a lovely share.

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  3. Heather Cai

    All kinds of love are fun, fresh, amazing, incredable and memoriable. I feel this one is a good touch to me. -“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.’”

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  4. Martha Kennedy

    Love is when your neighbor’s 2 year old boy sees you in your yard and climbs over his front (four feet!) fence and goes into the street and runs toward your house yelling “Martha! Martha!” smiling, his arms out to his sides, wearing cowboy boots and you don’t have shoes on but YOU’RE running as fast as you can out of your yard and toward him and you swoop him up in your arms and he says, “I love you.” And you say “I love you, too” but what you mean is “You scared the living hell out of me, dammit, Andy!” Then you think “Yeah, love doesn’t have any more sense than that” and you give him another big hug and you know you’ll NEVER forget it. 🙂

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