Love, compassion and relationships can be complex subject matters, but there are many things you can do to teach them to your child.

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, the child care experts in Monroe, at Child’s World Academy, thought it was time to learn a little bit about love. Love encompasses many things, including compassion and relationships, and it can be incredibly complicated, even for adults. However, it’s an important part of life, as well as an important thing to teach your child. Here are a few tips to help you teach your child about love, as well as compassion and healthy relationships:

#1. Give selflessly to those you love.

To teach a child about love, it’s not enough to simply tell them that you love them. Actions speak louder than words, and it’s important to demonstrate your love by giving selflessly to those around you. Whether that means sacrificing your own time and energy so that you can do something special for someone else or spending your hard-earned money on someone else, it’s your actions that really matter when teaching your child about love.

#2. Disagree and make-up in front of your children.

Many experts have said that you shouldn’t fight in front of your kids, and while we agree that you shouldn’t have a yelling match in front of them, it’s important that they understand that disagreements can happen in healthy relationships. It’s also important for your child to see that you can compromise and resolve issues in a healthy manner.

#3. Be grateful.

Love is a two-way street, and it’s just as much about receiving as it is about giving. How you receive a gift or a gesture is just as telling as how you give a gift or a gesture. If someone gives you something, you should always make it a point to demonstrate how thankful you are. You can even go beyond just saying thanks by writing a thank you note.

#4. Practice being kind to those around you.

It doesn’t take any money or effort on your part to be kind, and it’s an essential thing to teach kids from a young age. Simply telling your kids to treat others how they would like to be treated is often not enough; you also have to demonstrate through your actions. Hold the door for a stranger at the store or allow them to cut in front of you in line. These are small gestures that can go a long way towards teaching your child about love and compassion.

#5. Be affectionate.

Love can be expressed in so many ways, but one of the most powerful is through physical gestures. Whether you always give your child a kiss before they go to school and to bed or you snuggle them while watching your favorite movie, your child will be able to feel your love and adoration.

Love can be a complicated thing, even for grown-ups, but it’s an important part of life and an essential thing to teach young children. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.