So what's my LOVE LANGUAGE? Out of the five given in the list that Chris provided, I practice four: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Physical Touch, and Acts of Service.
One step at a time... She braved going up and down the stairs with
no physical help from me. What kept her going were my encouraging words:
"You can do it Sam. Just be careful!" And you know what, she didn't stumble nor fall!
Words of Affirmation: I love to encourage Samantha and telling her that she is doing a great job when she accomplishes something, no matter how small, means a lot to me. I also see to it that I say "Thank you" for all the little help that she can give me. And what I love to say to her lately is this: "Du siehst toll aus!" (You look great!), even if she has simple clothes on. It has made changing her clothes and dressing her up when we go out so much easier!
Quality Time: Being a SAHM, and a blogger, has its perks because I get to spend the whole day with Samantha at home. Sometimes, online tasks keep me busy and I really had to STOP myself and go away from the computer to give Samantha the time that she needs. I observe that she gets cranky and grumpy when I leave her alone in front of the TV or play by herself. I do feel guilty about it and so I see to it that when she wakes up in the morning, I am no longer preoccupied. That leaves me less stressed too because we get to enjoy each other's company. We talk, we laugh, we play, we watch TV, we go out and buy the groceries.
Physical Touch: I love to kiss and hug Samantha. She is my live Teddy Bear so to speak. I sing Itsy bitsy spider to her and tickle her. She loves it too! Sometimes, we could just sit together on the couch or lie in bed and just be beside each other. I think she loves the thought that I am always by her side anytime, anywhere.
Acts of Service: I love preparing meals for the family and Samantha loves helping me out in preparing the table. She would gladly take the plates, forks and spoons, and glasses that I hand her and place them gently on the table. And mind you, she knows where to place them! Isn't she a sweetie? We also do household chores together. As early as now, I try to imbibe in her the value of cleaning up your own mess. When she spills her milk or plays with her deserts, instead of pulling my hairs off, I ask her to help me clean up. Luckily she follows my lead. When she scatters her toys all over the place, she would put them back in its place when I ask her to.
What's your love language Mommy? Come share it with us!