What Does Love Mean to a Child?

How is love perceived by children? What does it mean to them? In order to understand a child’s perspective on love, a study was conducted wherein a group of 4 to 8 year-old children were asked the question, “What does love mean?” The answers they gave were much broader and deeper than you and I could have imagined.

what is love to children

Here are some of their answers:

  • Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it every day.
  • My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.
  • 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.
  • Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.
  • Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.
  • 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.
  • Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.
  • During my piano recital, I was on a stage and 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. That’s love.
  • Love is when mommy gives daddy the best piece of chicken.
  • Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.

So, the gist of the matter is:

Love is not only made for lovers. It’s also for parents, brothers and sisters, friends and almost for everyone who sometimes love each other better than a lover.